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Academic Eligibility

In order to compete in athletics at UTEP, a prospect must meet specific standards of eligibility, including the University of Texas at El Paso's requirements for admission and the NCAA initial eligibility requirements.

UTEP Admission Standards and Requirements:

Documents Required:

  1. UTEP application
  2. Official SAT, ACT, GED, TOEFL, or PAA scores, as appropriate
  3. Final, official high school transcript indicating adequate high school preparation, rank, and graduation date.

Tests:

  1. Graduates of U. S. High Schools: All first-time freshmen who graduated from high school within the past five years are required to take the SAT or ACT for admission.
  2. Freshmen who graduated from U.S. high schools over five years ago are not required to take an admissions test.

Freshmen who rank in the top half of their class or who score a minimum of 920 on the SAT or a 20 composite on the ACT are automatically admitted to UTEP upon application and submission of the appropriate admission documents. This policy includes admission of graduates of an accredited Texas high school who graduated in the top 25% of their high school class, as described in Chapter 51 of the Texas Education Code.

To be eligible for admission as a Transfer Student, you must have credit from another university or community college. You must be in good academic standing and have completed a minimum of 12 semester hours of college level work with a 2.0 overall grade point average.

If you have completed fewer than 12 hours of college level course work you are eligible for admission to UTEP if you have earned grades of "C" or better in all courses taken, maintained a cumulative 2.0 GPA and meet requirements for regular freshman admission. You must submit an official high school transcript and an SAT or ACT test score if applicable.

For more information on admission to UTEP please visit: http://www.utep.edu/admissions/

For information on the SAT and ACT visit the following:
http://www.collegeboard.com
http://www.act.org

NCAA Initial Eligibility Requirements

A prospective student-athlete must be certified by the NCAA Eligibility Center to participate in intercollegiate athletics at an NCAA Division I or II institution as a freshman. The NCAA Eligibility Center ensures consistent interpretation of NCAA initial eligibility requirements for all student-athletes at all member institutions.

The Roadmap to Initial Eligibility from the NCAA provides important information about initial eligibility, amateurism, and registering with the NCAA Eligibility Center.

If you enroll in a Division I college on or after August 1st, 2008, and want to participate in athletics or receive an athletic scholarship during your first year of enrollment you must:

  • Graduate from high school;
  • Successfully complete the required 16 core courses in high school as follows:
    • 4 years of English
    • 3 years of Math (Algebra I or higher)
    • 2 years of Natural/Physical Science (1 year of lab if offered)
    • 1 year of additional English, Math or Natural/Physical Science
    • 2 years of Social Science
    • 4 years of additional courses (from any area above, foreign language or nondoctrinal religion/philosophy)
  • Earn a minimum required GPA in the 16 core courses;
  • Earn a combined SAT or ACT sum score that matches the core course GPA and test score sliding scale below:

Freshmen must establish eligibility using the following index:

Core GPA SAT Sum ACT
3.550 and above 400 37
3.525 410 38
3.500 420 39
3.475 430 40
3.450 440 41
3.425 450 41
3.400 460 42
3.375 470 42
3.350 480 43
3.325 490 44
3.300 500 44
3.275 510 45
3.250 520 46
3.225 530 46
3.200 540 47
3.175 550 47
3.150 560 48
3.125 570 49
3.100 580 49
3.075 590 50
3.050 600 50
3.025 610 51
3.000 620 52
2.975 630 52
2.950 640 53
2.925 650 53
2.900 660 54
2.875 670 55
2.850 680 56
2.825 690 56
2.800 700 57
2.775 710 58
2.750 720 59
2.725 730 59
2.700 730 60
2.675 740-750 61
2.650 760 62
2.625 770 63
2.600 780 64
2.575 790 65
2.550 800 66
2.525 810 67
2.500 820 68
2.475 830 69
2.450 840-850 70
2.425 860 70
2.400 860 71
2.375 870 72
2.350 880 73
2.325 890 74
2.300 900 75
2.275 910 76
2.250 920 77
2.225 930 78
2.200 940 79
2.175 950 80
2.150 960 80
2.125 960 81
2.100 970 82
2.075 980 83
2.050 990 84
2.025 1000 85
2.000 1010 86

Qualifiers:

    Students who meet the academic requirements listed above are qualifiers. Qualifiers can:
    • Practice or compete during their first year of collegiate enrollment
    • Receive an athletics scholarship during their first year of collegiate enrollment
    • Play four seasons in their sport if they maintain their eligibility from year to year
Nonqualifiers:
    Students who do not meet the academic requirements listed above are nonqualifiers. Nonqualifiers:
    • Cannot practice or compete during their first year of enrollment
    • Cannot receive an athletics scholarship during their first year of enrollment
    • Can play only three seasons if they maintain their eligibility from year to year (to earn a fourth season you must complete at least 80% of your degree requirements before beginning your 5th year of college)
For more information on Initial Eligibility requirements please visit the NCAA Eligibility Center.

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