Student-athletes must be enrolled in at least 12 credit hours each semester in order to participate in either practice or competition. Furthermore, Loyola University Athletic Department's policy requires that all scholarship student-athletes register for and maintain at least 15 credit hours every semester unless the student-athlete has less than 15 hours to graduate. While this rule is not mandatory for non-scholarship student-athletes, it is strongly suggested that they follow it to avoid potential eligibility issues.
Declaring a Major
All student-athletes must declare their major by the beginning of their third year (or fifth semester) of enrollment.
Cumulative Grade Point Average Requirement
NCAA requires that a student-athlete be in good academic standing in order to participate in athletics. For Loyola University, this means that a student must maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 at the end of each semester.
Progress Towards a Degree (PTD)
The NCAA requires that student-athletes meet certain milestones towards their degree program at various intervals throughout their collegiate career. In order to ensure that Loyola student-athletes are meeting these milestones, the Office of Student-Athlete Academic Services requires that student-athletes have their degree program audited at least once a year.
6 Hour Rule
All student-athletes must pass a minimum of 6 degree applicable semester hours in the previous full-time regular academic term in order to be eligible for the subsequent academic term.
18 Hour Rule
Freshman must earn 18 credit hours in a year, not including summer school in order to be eligible.
24 Hour Rule
Freshman must complete 24 semester hours of credit before the start of their second year (or third semester) of enrollment.
Freshmen Eligibility Rule
Freshmen must meet NCAA initial eligibility academic & amateurism requirements as certified by the Eligibility Center. For more detailed information regarding specific NCAA policies, please go the main NCAA website.