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Prospective Student-Athletes

As a prospective student-athlete, CMU appreciates and values your interest in the athletics department. The department of athletics is dedicated to helping student-athletes reach their full potential both academically and athletically. This site was created to give prospective student-athletes important information that will help in satisfying the NCAA requirements to participate in Division I athletics. Additionally, there are a number of links that may assist in the process. Please keep in mind that this Web site is not all-inclusive and additional questions can be answered by contacting the athletics compliance office.

Useful Sites

- NCAA Eligibility Center Web Site
- NCAA Guide for the College-Bound Student-Athlete (link to PDF file of guide)
- CMU Official Visit Information
- National Letter of Intent (NLI) Information

Freshman Initial Eligibility Standards

A prospective student-athlete must be certified as a qualifier by the NCAA Eligibility Center in order to participate in athletics for CMU as a freshman.

The following requirements must be met in order to be a qualifier:
- Graduate from high school
- Complete these 16 core courses:
- 4 years of English
- 3 years of mathematics (Algebra I or higher)
- 2 years of natural/physical science (1 year of lab if offered by high school)
- 1 year of additional English, mathematics or natural/physical science
- 2 years of social science
- 4 years of additional courses (from any area above or foreign language, non-doctrinal religion/ philosophy)
- Earn a minimum grade-point average (GPA) in your 16 core courses (see sliding scale below)
- Earn a combined SAT or ACT sum score that matches your core course GPA and
test score on the sliding scale below (for example, a 2.800 core course GPA requires at least an 57 ACT Sum)

Note: Computer science courses can be used as core courses only if your high school grants graduation credit in math or natural or physical science for them, and if the courses appear on your high school's core-course list as math or science courses.

Division I Core GPA and Test Score Sliding Scale

Requirement to graduate with your high school class:
You must graduate from high school on schedule (in eight semesters) with your incoming ninth grade class. You may use one core course completed in the year after graduation (summer or academic year). You may complete the core course at a location other than the high school from which you graduated and may initially enroll full time at a collegiate institution at any time after completion of the core course.

CMU Graduation and Academic Progress Rates

The NCAA requires that prospective student-athletes receive information on CMU's Graduation Rates and CMU's Academic Progress Rates (APR) at the earliest opportunity after the first encounter with a CMU coach, or at the prospective student-athlete's request.

Academic Progress Rates (APR)
NCAA Graduation Success Rates (GSR)
Federal Graduation Rates

What is the definition of the Academic Progress Rates (APR)?

The APR was developed as a more real-time assessment of teams' academic performance than the six-year graduation-rate calculation provides. Every Division I sports team calculates its APR each academic year, based on the eligibility, retention and graduation of each scholarship student-athlete. An APR of 925 projects to an NCAA Graduation Success Rate of approximately 60 percent. Teams that score below 925 and have a student leave school academically ineligible can lose up to 10 percent of their scholarships. Known as immediate penalties, these scholarships can be lost each year and not awarded until the following year. Teams can also be subject to historical penalties for poor academic performance over time.

What is the Graduation Success Rate (GSR)?

The Graduation Success Rate measures graduation rates at Division I institutions and includes students transferring into the institutions. The GSR also allows institutions to subtract student-athletes who leave their institutions prior to graduation as long as they would have been academically eligible to compete had they remained.


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