Student Athletes

The NCAA requires that each student-athlete make satisfactory progress toward earning their degree to remain eligible to participate in NCAA intercollegiate athletics. While it is ultimately the responsibility of the student-athlete to make sure they meet all eligibility requirements, academic advisers plays an important role in helping student-athletes maintain eligibility by being informed on and following guidelines that will help to ensure that student athletes are in compliance with NCAA Academic Eligibility Regulations. 

Who to talk to about student-athlete academic issues

Eric Guerra Associate Athletic Director for Compliance and Student-Athlete Services (206) 296-6027
Dan Scheid Assistant Athletic Director for Academics and Student-Athlete Support (206) 296-6122
Andy Patton Assistant Director for Academics & Student-Athlete Support (206) 296-2365

Advising and Scheduling Checklist for Student-Athletes

  • Notify your academic adviser of your athletic status and the quarters you will be in competition
  • Inform your academic adviser of proposed practice times for class scheduling purposes

To comply with NCAA requirements, the advisee:

  • Is planning a course load of at least 12 credits (the minimum number for full-time status).
  • Has earned a passing grade for 36 credits towards a degree over FQ, WQ, SQ & Summer.
  • If attending summer quarter, is carrying a course load does not exceed 9 countable credits.
  • Is maintaining a cumulative 2.0 grade point average or higher.
  • Is meeting the Division I Percentage of Degree Requirements–

Contact Seattle University Athletics Compliance for more information.

Other information and guidelines to be aware of when advising student-athletes

If a student-athlete's grade-point average is putting them at risk of losing NCAA eligibility: Shortly after quarter grades have been posted, the Athletics Administration office will send notification to advisers of any advisees who are at risk. Students should take advantage of campus learning and study resources and quarterly skill-building workshops.

Competition related class absences - Faculty members receive Class Absence Notification letters from the Athletic administration office informing them of all competition related absences during the quarter by student athletes in their class.

Adding or dropping a class following initial registration - Students must notify the Assistant Athletic Director/SWA so that Class Absence Notification letters are sent to the right instructors.

Changing majors - Students should contact the Assistant Athletic Director/SWA. Changes in a degree program can affect a student-athlete's NCAA eligibility depending on what courses transfer from the former major and what new course requirements there are. *** The 40/60/80 Percentage-Toward-Degree requirement will be important consideration.

Taking summer school classes at another institution - Students must obtain written prior approval from the Registrar and notify the Assistant Athletic Director/SWA.

Declaration of Major Requirement - Student-athletes must officially declare a degree program by the start of the 7th quarter (junior year). Once they have declared a degree program, all course work taken thereafter should be applicable to that degree program.

Education Abroad Opportunities and Challenges - Each year a handful of student-athletes travel abroad. There are real financial and eligibility concerns that make it essential for student-athletes to understand before traveling abroad. Student-athletes should consult with Education Abroad, their academic adviser, and their coach early in the planning stages for any experience away from Seattle U.

Student-athlete responsibilities (outlined in the student-athlete's handbook)

  • Students who wish to drop below 12 hours must get approval from the athletic administration.
  • Class Attendance: Because students are excused from classes that conflict with travel, it is essential
    that student-athletes attend all classes (not leave classes early, or arrive to classes late that do not conflict with the competition schedule.
  • If a professor has a concern about a class a student will be missing, it is important that they immediately begin to work directly with him/her to find an acceptable solution. If they are still unable to find a solution, they are to contact the Assistant Athletic Director for Student-Athlete Support.
  • It is the student's responsibility to assure that arrangements have been made to resolve missed exams, quizzes, or assignments far in advance of a travel date. It is strongly recommended that all class work which will be missed due to competition be made up in advance of the contest.
  • It is the student's responsibility to remind their professors of upcoming competitions conflicting with class.

APR – Academic Progress Rate

In response to the delayed graduation rate information, the NCAA sought a more immediate snapshot of a team's progress to graduating student-athletes. APR is term by term measure of student-athlete retention and eligibility. Two points are awarded for each student-athlete who is eligible and retained each semester. These points are totaled for a team APR.

Who counts

Everyone on athletic aid-including 5th year and medical redshirts

What counts

Eligibility-would be eligible for the next term
Retention-enrolled on census date next term

When does it count

Each term counts separately

Penalties may be given to teams which fall below a 925 score (out of 1,000). Penalties could include loss of scholarship, recruiting visits, and decrease of practice times per week. Public recognition of high and low APR scores will be announced annually.

In Season Reference Guide:

Fall Quarter "in season" – Soccer, Volleyball, XC, tennis/golf (early), swimming/basketball (late)Winter Quarter "in season" – Basketball, swimming, indoor track, tennis, baseball/softball/golf (late)Spring Quarter "in season" – Baseball, softball, golf, tennis, outdoor track