Yes. There is a professional advisor who helps first-year student athletes, but transfer students who have completed their first year will be assigned an advisor in their major departments. The athletic advisor can answer questions about academic eligibility to compete under National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) guidelines for all student-athletes. Call (850) 474-3170 to make an appointment.
It is imperative that you set up an appointment each semester of your first year to schedule your upcoming load. As a student-athlete, you have the privilege--not the right--to register during advance registration to select a schedule that adheres to NCAA regulations. Get in the habit of seeing your advisor EARLY to register on your designated date. Any changes to your schedule outside your advisor’s consultation can result in being declared ineligible to compete. Always consult with your academic advisor on registration and course selection changes.
The NCAA has set standards for student athletes as a way of encouraging progress in their academic majors. Eligibility refers to students meeting or surpassing those standards. It is YOUR responsibility to maintain eligibility.
Satisfactory progress as a student athlete depends on completing a total of 24 hours for each academic year that you are registered as a student athlete. For each semester in which you are enrolled, you must pass at least 6 semester hours and must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 hours to practice and compete.
• First year and sophomores may use credits acceptable toward any degree.
• Juniors and seniors must pass 24 hours in their declared majors.
Minors outside the major do not count unless a minor is required for the completion of your chosen major.
• After completing 24 hours, the cumulative GPA of 1.8 .
• After completing 48 hours, the cumulative GPA is 1.9.
• After completing 72 hours, the cumulative GPA is 2.0.
You will be placed on probation and may be suspended from UWF. Some majors also require a higher GPA to be admitted to their program. Please see your major advisor to clarify if higher GPA status will be required.
Repeated courses for grades other than “F” do not count toward satisfactory progress for NCAA eligibility. When repeating a course, be sure to enroll in an additional course to cover your obligation of completing 12 credits.
You may not miss class for practice. All student-athletes are required to attend all classes unless absences are for athletic competition or excused for illness. You may be suspended for unexcused missed classes at the discretion of the coach and/or Athletic Director.
No. Consequently, you will still be held accountable for information and tests that you miss due to time away for athletic competition. Do not expect that your load will be lighter or assignments will be optional because you are an athlete.