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Semester Eligibility

  1. On or before the 15th calendar day from the beginning date of the term for the second full-time semester, as published in the college catalog, a student- athlete must have passed 12 semester hours with a 1.75 GPA or higher.

  2. On or before the 15th calendar day from the beginning date of the term for the third full-time semester, and all subsequent semesters thereafter, as published in the college catalog, a student-athlete must satisfy one of the following four requirements to be eligible for the upcoming term:
    • Pass a minimum of 12 semester hours with a 2.00 GPA or higher during the previous semester of full-time enrollment,
      OR
    • Pass an accumulation of semester hours equal to 12 multiplied by the number of semesters in which the student-athlete was previously enrolled full-time with a GPA of 2.00 or higher,
      OR
    • A first season participant must have passed a minimum accumulation of 24 credit hours with a 2.00 GPA or higher for the initial term of participation, regardless of previous term or other accumulation requirements (NOTE: This only establishes eligibility for the initial term, not subsequent terms.),
      OR
    • A first or second season participant must have passed a minimum accumulation of 36 credit hours for a fall sport, 48 credit hours for a spring sport, with a 2.00 GPA or higher, regardless of previous term or other accumulation requirement.

  3. Prior to a second season of participation in an NJCAA certified sport, student-athletes must pass a minimum accumulation of 24 semester hours with a 2.00 GPA or higher. (This is in addition to satisfying 4.0 or 4.E.)

  4. Student-athletes must be enrolled full-time (12 or more credits) at the college where they have chosen to participate when the regular season schedule of a sport begins. Student-athletes not enrolled during the term when the season begins remain ineligible throughout the season schedule unless they enroll on the first possible enrollment date following:
    • Their release from Active Armed Services of the United States with a discharge other than dishonorable.
    • Their return from a religious mission.
    • Their graduation from a high school or receipt of an equivalency diploma.
    • Their transfer from an NJCAA member college which has dropped a sport after the school year begins. Student-athletes that satisfy one of the four exceptions become eligible after the previous term has ended upon registration as a full-time student-athlete for the new term. (Student-athletes must be added to the eligibility form before participating.)
    • A student-athlete attending a multi-campus college may, if at the campus of his/her enrollment a sport is not offered, participate in that sport at any campus within the system that offers said sport. Requirements for multi-campus designation:
    • The various campuses involved have a common title.
    • The various campuses involved have a common CEO.
    • The various campuses involved are not individually accredited.
    • The various campuses do not duplicate any sports.
    • The various campuses involved must designate one individual per system as the contact.
    • Multi-campus designation must be approved by the NJCAA.
  5. In the following sports, student-athletes are not required to be enrolled during the fall term to be eligible to participate in the sport during the spring season unless the records are carried over into the spring season: Baseball, Bowling, Golf, Lacrosse, Softball, and Tennis. If the fall records are carried over into the spring season, all student-athletes must be enrolled full-time (12 or more credits hours) during the fall term when the schedule begins.