Academic Services for Student Athletes

The ASA Mission

Academic Services for Student Athletes provides a comprehensive range of academic advising, personal support, and eligibility oversight for student athletes at Appalachian. Our professional staff works closely with the individual students, teams and coaches of all established varsity sports programs at our University.

Shared Values & Purpose

Appalachian values academic excellence as well as athletic achievements and insists that individuals are students first and athletes second. Academic Services for Student Athletes helps students prioritize academics by providing this comprehensive support system throughout the student athlete's college career. These services, offered to all our intercollegiate student athletes, are listed below.

Highlights of ASA Services

  • An Athletic Academic Advisor is assigned to provide individualized attention to student-athletes on each team;

  • Athletic Academic Advisor provide assistance on issues of academic eligibility and procedures in compliance with NCAA, Sun- Belt, and Appalachian State University academic standards and policies;

  • Athletic Academic Advisor collaborate with College Academic Advisors to provide accurate, academic information and planning related to a student’s college progress and degree program;

  • Priority scheduling allows student-athletes to schedule classes that accommodate their practice and training commitments;

  • Learning Specialists and mentors provide intensive academic skill-building and monitoring of student progress;

  • The Study Table and Free tutoring Programs provide student-athletes with a quiet place for studying and computer lab use, as well as access to one-on-one tutoring for many academic subjects;

  • The Student-Athlete Development Program provides student-athletes opportunities to further enhance their experience and growth, personally and professionally, through classes, workshops, community service, and leadership opportunities;

Eligibility

Academic Eligibility is evaluated each academic term by Appalachian State University's NCAA Continuing Eligibility Specialist. For more information, contact Sharon Sweeting, NCAA Continuing Eligibility Specialist – Academic Services for Student Athletes at sweetingsb@appstate.edu or 828-262-7628.

The following rules and requirements must be met in order for student athletes to maintain their athletic eligibility.

Eligibility Rules & Requirements

6 Hour Rule

Students must complete a minimum of 6 hours in the previous full-time regular academic term. After a student declares their major, these hours must be "degree applicable".

12 Hour Rule

Students must be registered for at least 12 hours at all times to practice and compete.

18 Hour Rule

Students must complete a minimum of 18 hours during the regular academic year (Fall/Spring). After a student declares their major, these hours must be "degree applicable".

Beginning of 2nd year

Students must have completed 24 hours during their first calendar year at Appalachian and also have a 1.80 cumulative GPA. This 1.80 GPA must be maintained entering the Spring semester.

Major Declaration

Students must declare a major by the start of the 5th semester (Beginning of 3rd year).

Beginning of 3rd year

Students must complete 40% of the hours required for declared degree and have a 1.90 cumulative GPA. The 1.90 cumulative GPA must be maintained entering the Spring semester.

Beginning of the 4th year

Students must complete 60% of the hours required for declared degree and have a 2.0 cumulative GPA. The 2.0 GPA must be maintained entering the Spring semester.

Beginning of the 5th year

Students must complete 80% of the hours required for declared degree and have a 2.0 cumulative GPA. The 2.0 cumulative GPA must be maintained entering the Spring semester