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Incoming Freshmen | Transfer Students | Enrollment & Attendance Rules | PlayNAIA.org
All student-athletes must meet minimum academic, athletic and conduct standards in order to be eligible to participate on any intercollegiate team at Aquinas College. The following is a checklist for you to follow to insure your eligibility to participate in intercollegiate sports. If you have any questions, please see the Faculty Athletic Representative or the Athletic Director immediately. Don’t wait with any questions.

Incoming Freshmen

1. An entering freshman student must be a graduate of an accredited high school or be accepted as a regular student in good standing as defined by the enrolling institution.
2. An entering freshman student must meet two of the three entry level requirements:
a. A minimum score of 18 on the ACT or 860 on the SAT.
b. An overall high school grade point average of 2.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
c. Graduate in the upper half of the student’s high school graduating class.
3. An entering freshman student or transfer must register with PLAYNAIA to be eligible to compete during their first semester at Aquinas College.

Transfer Students

If you are a transfer student from another college, see Terry Bocian, the Aquinas College athletic director, with all previous college transcripts immediately. Transfer rules are very detailed.


In order to participate, you must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credit hours during your season to participate. Don’t ever drop below 12 credits during your season. Don’t drop classes without consulting your coach, counselor or athletic director.

Terms of Attendance

You must use your athletic eligibility (4 seasons of competition per sport) within your first 10 semesters of full time enrollment. Enrollment in 9 credits or more is considered a full time semester for national eligibility rules.

Summer Attendance

You may use summer school hours to bolster your eligibility. Summer school attendance does NOT count towards your 10 semesters of enrollment. Hours passed are added to your previous full time semester hours.

24 Credit Rule

You must have accumulated a minimum of 24 credit hours during your last two semesters of enrollment (full time) to be eligible. Freshman must complete 9 hours in order to compete during the 2nd semester of the freshman year.

Normal Progress

Normal progress rule is you will need 24 completed credit hours to compete in your 2nd season of competition; 48 completed credit hours to compete in your 3rd season of competition; 72 completed credit hours to compete in your 4th season of competition. GPA rule is 2.0 after the first year (Aquinas rule).

Repeat Classes

If you have passed a class, but wish to take the same class over (repeat) to obtain a better grade this class can’t be used for either the 12 or 24 credit rule.