Below is an outline of the basic
NCAA Division II academic eligibility rules as they apply at UC San Diego. If you have any questions about the
below rules or need help in determining if your acdemic plan meets NCAA eligibility requirements, please contact Katie
McGann (email@example.com) or Sara
Robinson (firstname.lastname@example.org). While
you are welcome to drop by the offices, it is advised that you make an
If your question relates to general academic planning (ie. does not require a verification of meeting NCAA academic eligibility requirements), you should contact your college or major advisor through the UCSD Virual Advising Center (VAC). The VAC is accessible through your TritonLink account under your Toolbox section.
Enrollment - 12 units
A student-athlete must be a full-time student in order to participate
(practice or compete). The only
exception to this rule for both competition and practice
eligibility is for graduating students who don't need 12 units to finish their
final quarter - they must have notification on file, with the Assistant
Athletic Director for Compliance, prior to the term in which they are less
than full-time. The notification
includes verification from both their COLLEGE and MAJOR department that they
are taking what they need to graduate.
There is an exception, for practice purposes only, to the
full-time (12 units) requirement that occurs during the first five days of each
quarter; a student can drop and add classes and still be eligible for practice
(not competition) during those first five days, if below 12 units.
Cumulative GPA: 2.00
A student-athlete must maintain a
2.00 cumulative GPA each quarter under California Collegiate Athletic
Association (CCAA) and UCSD rules.
GPA is based on the UCSD GPA used
for graduation. Each student's
GPA will be evaluated at the end of each quarter and must be a 2.00 cumulative
GPA, or better, for the student to continue to be eligible for
competition. Students below 2.00
may continue to practice as long as
they are enrolled full-time.
declare a major by the start of their 7th full-time quarter to
remain eligible. If you plan on
switching majors please consult with the Compliance Office first, as it may impact
Annual Competition Requirement: 36/12 Rule
At the start of each academic
year (fall quarter), a student's continuing eligibility is determined by
whether or not the student has successfully completed at least 36-quarter units
since the start of the previous year.
This includes summer school units, however at least 75% of the units
need to be earned during the regular academic year.
Competition Requirement: 6-unit Rule
At least 6 units must be
successfully completed each quarter to remain eligible for competition the
following quarter. Summer school cannot be used to
earn these term-to-term units.
7th Full-Time Quarter Considerations:
Prior to the 7th Full-Time Quarter: If you have not yet
reached your 7th full-time quarter, all units will count towards
your required 36 annual units and the quarterly 6-unit requirement.
Start of 7th Full-Time Quarter: Beginning in your 7th
full-time quarter, your annual 36 units and your 6 quarter units must be units towards your degree. A course is considered as going towards your degree if it:
• Goes towards your MAJOR or COLLEGE requirements; or
• Goes towards the 180 (184 if in Revelle) units you
need to graduate
• Assume that classes taken strictly for a MINOR will
not count; exceptions exist so always ask.
• During your last 36 units at UCSD, there is an
exception to the 6-unit rule; see the Compliance Office for questions
vs. Non-Acceptable Grades:
If you receive a "D" in a course where the
minimum acceptable grade for your degree
program is a C-, you will not receive units towards your eligibility
requirements for that course. If
the course is later repeated and an acceptable grade earned, those units will
be applied to your eligibility requirements at that time. You only earn eligibility units for a
course ONCE, when an acceptable grade is earned.
If a student is not
meeting the requirement that he/she have 36 units from the prior year, then the
student's overall record at UCSD is evaluated to see if the student has an
average of 12 units per term enrolled at UCSD. Summer school units cannot be more than 25% of the minimum
total units required for meeting the average of 12 units per term enrolled. This is referred to as the "averaging
method" and if the student has an average of at least 12 units completed
successfully per term he or she is eligible. (Starting with the 7th quarter only degree
applicable units may be used.)
If a student is still not
meeting the above requirements at the start of the Fall term, he/she can be
re-evaluated at the end of the Fall quarter to see if he/she has met the
requirements (i.e., 36 units from the previous three quarters, with no more
than 25% of the quarter units during the summer), or any subsequent quarter.
AP credit may not be used to meet the
minimum units requirements at UC San Diego.
and credit-by-exam courses taken from a school other than UC San Diego can only
be used in determining academic standing or satisfactory progress if the course
is accepted by UC San Diego.
Units for a course that
may be taken several times (i.e., independent study, research) is limited by
Units earned at another
institution before initial full-time enrollment at UC San Diego may not be used to satisfy minimum academic progress
requirements. However, a student-athlete's total academic record after initial
full-time enrollment at UC San Diego, including the record at other
institutions later attended, can be considered in evaluating eligibility.
Contacting the Compliance Office
this is not a complete list of NCAA rules. Please contact a compliance staff member if you have any questions or before taking action that may
be contrary to NCAA rules. Click here
to view the Compliance staff contact information.