Compliance & Eligibility
Student athletes at Oregon State must meet specific academic standards and progress in order to comply with NCAA regulations and eligible to participate in intercollegiate athletics.
In addition, OSU maintains academic requirements for students to remain at the university.
On this page:
Main phone number: 541-737-7369
- Kyle Pifer, Senior Associate Athletics Director, Compliance: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Jason Strong, Director of Compliance: email@example.com
- Diana Ulrey, Assistant Director of Compliance: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Katrina Ransome, Compliance Coordinator: email@example.com
Initially-enrolled, first-year scholarship student athletes are funded to the completion of their first degrees up to a maximum of 15 segments (transfer students receive pro-rated segments). Most student athletes graduate before their aid is exhausted, and most do not receive post-baccalaureate funding. Participation in the BEST bridge program in the summer prior to a student athlete's initial fulltime enrollment at OSU does not count against the student athlete's segment allocation. Each quarter in the academic year (Fall, Winter & Spring) counts as one segment, while each summer counts as one-half of a segment.
The Senior Associate AD – Compliance determines a prorated number of segments for transfer student athletes dependent upon the number of fulltime academic year terms completed prior to enrollment at OSU.
How Segments of Athletics Aid Are Counted
|Transfer Terms calculated||Varies|
|BEST prior to initial FT enrollment||0 segments|
|Every other Summer Term||0.5 segment|
|Every Fall, Winter, Spring Term||1 segment|
Scholarship Student Athletes Choose One of Three Tracks
13 Regular Terms & 4 Summers
14 Regular Terms & 2 Summers
15 Regular Terms & No Summers
|First year of full time enrollment||Fall||1||1||1|
|Second year of full time enrollment||Fall||4.5||4.5||4|
|Winter||5.5||5.5||5||Primary major declared by end of segment 5/5.5/5|
|Third year of full time enrollment||Fall||8||8||7|
|Fourth year of full time enrollment||Fall||11.5||11||10|
|Winter||12.5||12||11||Graduation term declared by end of segment 12.5/13/13|
|Fifth year of full time enrollment||Fall||(15)||14||13|
A student athlete unable to complete his/her degree within the standard 15 segments may be afforded the opportunity to petition to a standing committee. The student athlete must be able to demonstrate why he/she needs additional time to complete the necessary academic course load. Committee members are: FAR, Associate AD – Academic Services, Director of Financial Aid, Non-Voting Liaison – Associate AD – Compliance, Non-Voting Liaison – Sport Supervisor. The Committee shall have the authority to determine any necessary exceptions (and scholarship amounts) provided to a student athlete who petitions for additional time and resources.
A student athlete whose primary major is Bioengineering, Biological & Ecological Engineering, Chemical Engineering, or Environment Engineering will be afforded 16 segments because of the 192 credit requirement in these majors.
A post-eligibility student athlete who leaves prior to graduation and has segments remaining may return within five years of departure. If the student athlete leaves the University fully compliant with NCAA benchmarks (Credit Hour Requirements (NCAA Bylaw 188.8.131.52), College/Major Declaration (NCAA Bylaw 184.108.40.206.7), Grade-Point Average Requirements (NCAA Bylaw 220.127.116.11), and Percent of Degree Completion (NCAA Bylaw 18.104.22.168), he/she may return with the same level of scholarship support as when he/she left. Once enrolled, the student may expect to continue with the same level of scholarship support as long as he/she remains in compliance with NCAA and university benchmarks. If the student athlete leaves the University not in compliance or not within the specific time frame, he/she will have to petition the Committee for support.
In order to participate inintercollegiate athletics, student athletes must maintain athletic and academic eligibility. Coaches, the Compliance Office, OSU's NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative, and the Athletic Director work together to ensure adherence to all NCAA and Pac-12 Conference rules and regulations regarding eligibility. Great effort is made by the University administration to see that student athletes and all staff members are familiar with these rules and understand that any deviation from them, whether knowingly or through ignorance, is not condoned by the department or the University.
NCAA and University rules require that student athletes must be full-time degree-seeking students in order to represent Oregon State athletics. This means that during the regualar academic year, student athletes must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 hours of course work each term at OSU. If a student athletes falls below 12 credits, they are immediately ineligible to practice or compete.
Academic Year vs. Calendar Year
Student-athletes must earn 75 percent of the credits needed for satisfactory progress during the regular academic year. No more than 25 percent of the required credits for satisfactory progress may be earned in the summer.
An academic year at Oregon State University consists of Fall, Winter, and Spring terms. A calendar year at Oregon State consists of Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer terms.
Declaring a Major
Student athletes must declare a major before the seventh term or third year. The University Exploratory Studies Program (UESP) is a program available to students who have chosen to explore their options prior to deciding on a major. Because of NCAA progress rules, you may remain in UESP for a limited number of terms; then you must have a declared major.
Student athletes must pass 36 credits during the regular academic year.
Per Term Requirement
Student athletes MUST pass six degree counting credits per term, failure to do so will compromise the student's eligibility.
Year of Full Time Enrollment
|Entering 2nd Year||
|Entering 3rd Year||
|Entering 4th Year||
|Entering 5th Year||
Oregon State University expects students to maintain satisfactory academic progress toward degree completion. At the conclusion of each term, grade point averages are calculated and academic standings determined for students seeking a baccalaureate degree according to the criteria outlined below. Students whose standings evidence a lack of satisfactory progress will be warned of this condition and advised to seek help from their academic advisors.
Students with a term GPA below 2.0 will be placed on Academic Warning.
Students who have completed two or more terms at OSU and have an OSU cumulative GPA below 2.0 will be placed on Academic Probation. Students on Academic Probation return to Good Standing when they attain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better.
Students who are on Academic Probation and have a subsequent term GPA below 2.0 will be placed on Academic Suspension. Academic Suspension is recorded on the student's academic record. Students who are academically suspended are denied all the privileges of the institution and of all organizations in any way connected to it, including any university-recognized living group.
Reinstatement to The University
Suspended students will be considered for reinstatement to the university after two years or completion of a minimum of 24 quarter credits of transferable college-level work at an accredited college or university, with a GPA of 2.5 or above.
The Faculty Senate Committee on Academic Standing is charged with the responsibility for enforcement of the above regulations on Satisfactory Academic Standing. Additionally, this committee has discretionary authority to grant exceptions and to develop guidelines for the administration of these regulations.