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NCAA ACADEMIC ELIGIBILITY RULES
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WHAT ARE DEGREE APPLICABLE UNITS?

During the first two years – All units acceptable toward any of UCLA’s degree programs are considered degree applicable for the purposes of satisfying the 6, 8, 27 and 36-unit rules.

By the beginning of a student-athlete’s third year – Only units applied towards a student’s designated degree are considered degree applicable for the purposes of satisfying the 6, 8 and 27-unit rules and 40/60/80 degree percentage rule.  Units that exceed a student’s elective count are not considered degree applicable once a student enters their third year.

Last three terms of enrollment – Like the first two years, all units acceptable toward any of UCLA’s degree programs are considered degree applicable for the purposes of satisfying the 6-unit rule as long as UCLA certifies that the student is enrolled in the courses needed to graduate.  If the student does not complete all their requirements by the end of the estimated last term of enrollment, the student shall forfeit eligibility in all sports.

QUARTERLY RULES (6-UNIT, 8-UNIT & CUM GPA)

In order to be eligible for competition, a student-athlete must successfully meet the following academic eligibility rules:

  • 6-Unit Rule
    • Each quarter, a student-athlete must pass at least six (6) degree applicable units in order to compete the following quarter.
  • 8-Unit Rule (FOOTBALL ONLY)
    • Each FALL QUARTER, a FOOTBALL student-athlete must pass at least eight (8) degree applicable units AND earn the Academic Progress Rate eligibility point or they will be ineligible to compete in the first four contests the following season. There are potential exceptions to reduce this suspension, so please consult with Nick Thornton, Eligibility Coordinator or Dr. Christina Rivera, Director of Academic & Student Services with any questions.
  • Cumulative GPA Rule
    • At the start of a student-athlete’s Sophomore Year (Completed 3 full-time terms) = Must have at least a 1.80 cumulative GPA each quarter to be eligible.
    • At the start of a student-athlete’s Junior Year (Completed 6 full-time terms) = Must have at least a 1.90 cumulative GPA each quarter to be eligible.
    • At the start of a student-athlete’s Senior Year (Completed 9 full-time terms) = Must have at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA each quarter to be eligible.

ACADEMIC YEAR RULE (27-UNIT RULE)

In order to be eligible for competition, a student-athlete must successfully meet the following academic eligibility rule:

  • During the academic year (Fall, Winter & Spring), a student-athlete must pass at least 27 degree applicable units in order to compete the following Fall quarter.  A student-athlete cannot use any units passed in the summer to satisfy this rule.
  • If a student-athlete does not satisfy this rule at the end of the Spring quarter, the student will be ineligible to compete in the Fall, but can regain their eligibility for the Winter quarter by making up their deficient units. 
  • For Midyear Enrollees – During a midyear enrollee’s first year at UCLA, the 27-unit certification calendar may deviate from the Fall-Winter-Spring calendar. Please consult with Nick Thornton, Eligibility Coordinator or Dr. Christina Rivera, Director of Academic & Student Services for further clarification.

 PROGRESS-TOWARD-DEGREE RULES (36-UNIT & 40/60/80)

In order to be eligible for competition, a student-athlete must successfully meet the following academic eligibility rules:

  • At the start of a student-athlete’s Sophomore Year (Completed 3 full-time terms) = Must have completed 36 degree applicable units.
    • Student-athletes must declare their major by February 1st of their Sophomore Year
  • At the start of a student-athlete’s Junior Year (Completed 6 full-time terms) = Must have completed 40% of their degree in their designated major. 
  • At the start of a student-athlete’s Senior Year (4th Year) (Completed 9 full-time terms) = Must have completed 60% of their degree in their designated major.
  • At the start of a student-athlete’s Senior Year (5th Year) (Completed 12 full-time terms) = Must have completed 80% of their degree in their designated major.

ELIGIBILITY FOR POSTSEASON COMPETITION - BETWEEN TERMS

In order to be eligible for postseason competition (e.g., bowl game, conference tournament or NCAA championship) that occurs between academic terms, a student-athlete must pass at least six (6) degree applicable units during the preceding academic term.

IMPORTANT ELIGIBILITY NOTE REGARDING BASEBALL STUDENT-ATHLETES

A BASEBALL student-athlete who is academically ineligible at the beginning of the Fall quarter shall be INELIGIBLE for the remainder of the academic year.

IMPORTANT NOTE REGARDING GRADE QUALIFIERS

In order to satisfy certain university, general education and major requirements, a student-athlete may be required to pass a class with a specific grade that is a D- or higher.  For example, to satisfy the Writing I requirement (e.g., English Comp A, 2 & 3), the student must pass the class with a C or higher.  If the class requirement has a grade qualifier” associated with it, the student may be required to meet this grade qualifier in order to use this class to satisfy their NCAA academic eligibility requirements.  It is the responsibility of the student-athlete to check the UCLA General Catalog every quarter to see if the courses they are enrolled in have grade qualifiers associated with them. 

Examples of classes with a grade qualifier of a C or higher:

  • Econ 1, 2, 11, 41
  • Writing I (English Comp A, 2, 3) & Writing II (Courses that end with a W)
  • English 10A, 10B, 10C
  • Math 2 or Stats 10
  • Psychology 10, 100A, 100B
  • Sociology 1, 20, 101, 102

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