NCAA & Institutional Eligibility

Be advised that under no circumstances is any student-athlete permitted to drop or WX (official withdraw) a course or credits that would place him/her below the twelve (12) credit minimum without previous approval from the academic advisor. Such action without approval renders the student-athlete immediately ineligible to practice or compete for any intercollegiate team.

Full-Time Status

A student-athlete must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester. Villanova has a computer program in place to flag any student-athlete who might personally withdraw from a course without consulting his/her academic advisor.

Satisfactory Progress

In order to maintain eligibility, a student-athlete must have successfully:

  • Completed twenty-four (24) credit hours prior to the start of the student-athlete's second year of collegiate enrollment.
  • Completed eighteen (18) credit hours in the Fall and Spring semesters.
  • Passed six (6) credit hours during the preceding regular academic term.*

*Football student-athletes must complete nine (9) credit hours during the Fall semester each year.

Grade Point Average

A student-athlete must maintain a grade point average of 2.0. EXCEPTION: A student-athlete is eligible to compete and practice with a 1.70 GPA during the second semester of his/her freshman year only.

Designation of Degree Program

A student-athlete must designate a program of study (declare a major) leading toward a specific baccalaureate degree before the beginning of the third year (fifth semester) of enrollment.

Percentage of Degree Requirements

A student-athlete entering his/her third year of enrollment shall have completed 40 percent of the course requirements toward his/her degree, entering the fourth year, 60 percent, and entering the fifth year of enrollment shall have completed 80 percent of courses required toward his/her degree.