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INITIAL ELIGIBILITY

  • NCAA Eligibility Center: https://web1.ncaa.org/eligibilitycenter/common/

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    - Definition
    - Academic Eligibility
    - UW Admissions
    - Amateurism
    - National Letter of Intent
    - Official Visits
    - Unofficial Visits
    Who is a PSA? A prospective student-athlete is any student who has started classes for the ninth grade.

    In addition, a student who has not yet started classes for the ninth grade becomes a prospective student-athlete if the University provides such an individual (or the individual's relatives or friends) any financial assistance or other benefits that the University does not provide to prospective students generally.

    An individual remains a prospective student-athlete until one of the following occurs (whichever is earlier):

    A. The individual officially registers and enrolls in a minimum full-time program of studies and attends classes in any term of a four-year collegiate institution's regular academic year (excluding summer); or B. The individual participates in a regular squad practice or competition at a four-year collegiate institution that occurs before the beginning of any term. C. The individual officially registers and enrolls and attends classes during the summer prior to initial enrollment.

    A prospective student-athlete is considered "recruited" if he/she or his/her parents or spouse are telephoned on more than one occasion by an institutional staff member, contacted off-campus by an institutional staff member, provided an official visit to the University of Wyoming, or is issued a National Letter of Intent or a written offer of athletically related financial aid.

    Academic Eligibility
    Initial Eligibility
    A prospective student-athlete must be certified by the NCAA Eligibility Center to participate for the University of Wyoming as a freshman. The Eligibility Center ensures consistent interpretation of NCAA initial eligibility requirements for all student-athletes at all member institutions.

    The following freshman initial eligibility requirements must be met:

  • Graduation from high school
  • Successful completion of the required core curriculum in high school
  • Minimum required GPA in the core curriculum (see tables below)
  • Minimum required SAT or ACT test score (see tables below)
  • Final certification as a qualifier by the NCAA Eligibility Center

    Core Curriculum
    A prospective student-athlete must achieve a minimum cumulative grade point in a successfully completed core curriculum of at least 16 academic courses including the following:

    Course Area Number of Years Required
    English 4 Years
    Mathematics 3 Years
    Natural or Physical Science 2 Years
    Additional English, Math, or
    Natural or Physical Science
    1 Year
    Social Science 2 Years
    Additional academic courses in any
    Of the above areas or foreign language,
    Philosophy or nondoctrinal religion
    4 Years

    Initial Eligibility Index
    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

    The NCAA Eligibility Center must certify the record of the above courses and course grades using official transcripts forwarded to the Eligibility Center from the prospect's high school. A prospect must also present a qualifying standardized test score.

    Nonqualifier
    A nonqualifier is a prospective student-athlete (prospect) that does not meet the definition of a qualifier. A nonqualifier who is an entering freshman is permanently ineligible to participate in intercollegiate athletics in the Mountain West Conference.

    Your Responsibilities

  • Meet with your Guidance Office to ensure that your high school's List of Approved Core Courses (formerly 48H) has been updated and approved by the NCAA Eligibility Center within the past year.
  • Meet with your Guidance Office to ensure that you are taking a sufficient number of NCAA-defined core courses to meet NCAA initial eligibility requirements. Do not assume that courses are "core courses" simply because they satisfy graduation requirements!
  • Register with the NCAA Eligibility Center by (1) completing and signing the Student Release Form and (2) paying the required registration fee. You may obtain the Eligibility Center registration materials online (https://web1.ncaa.org/eligibilitycenter/common/).
  • Ensure that all of your high school transcripts are sent directly from the educational institution to the Eligibility Center. Be sure to send transcripts from all high schools you may have attended, and - most importantly - your final high school transcript listing proof of graduation.
  • Ensure that your SAT/ACT scores are sent directly from the testing agency to the Eligibility Center. Once all your materials have been submitted to the Eligibility Center, the NCAA will determine your academic eligibility to compete at NCAA schools. The Eligibility Center will send you written notice of your status. Do not assume that you are eligible! It is your responsibility to resolve all academic eligibility issues prior to enrollment at the University of Wyoming. For more information regarding academic eligibility issues, please visit http://www.ncaa.org/wps/ncaa?key=/ncaa/NCAA/Legislation%20and%20Governance/Eligibility%20and%20Recruiting/InformationforCollege-BoundStudent-Athletes.

    University of Wyoming Admissions
    In addition to meeting NCAA and Mountain West Conference eligibility requirements, an incoming student-athlete is required to be admitted to the University of Wyoming as a degree-seeking student subject to the University's regular admissions procedures.

    UW Admissions Academic Standards

    Domestic High School & College Transfers with less than 30 credits

  • GPA - Wyoming residents: 2.75 HS GPA (not core GPA)
  • GPA - Non-residents: 3.00 HS GPA (not core GPA)
  • ACT - 20 or above
  • SAT - Math/Verbal score of 960 or above
  • Completion of at least 13 high school units (a unit = 1 year)
    • 4 units of English/Communication/Language Arts
    • 3 units of Math
    • 3 units of Science
    • 3 units of Cultural Context
  • Admission with Conditions (Synergy Program)
  • Graduate from an accredited high school (defined as recognized by College Board)
  • GPA - Minimum of a 2.5 HS GPA OR a 2.25 HS GPA (not core GPA) with a minimum composite ACT score of 20 or SAT (Math/Verbal ) 960
  • Letters of Recommendation that speak to academic ability
  • If student is deficient in their required 13 high school units, there can not be more than 2 deficiencies and there can not be more than 1 deficiency in any 1 category (see Section v. above).
  • The number of Synergy spots is limited. As such, students who meet Admission w/ Conditions criteria should be admitted prior to New Student Orientation programs and confirm their spot when asked to do so by the Admissions Office in May.

    Domestic Home Schooled Students

    • Completion of at least 13 high school units (a unit = 1 year)
    • 4 units of English/Communication/Language Arts
    • 3 units of Math
    • 3 units of Science
    • 3 units of Cultural Context

  • ACT/SAT is "weighed" more than GPA.
  • ** Note that this is sometimes a judgment call on the part of the Admissions Director. For example, a home-school student with a 3.0 and a 15 ACT is probably not going to be admitted. Home school grades aren't always the best predictor of success, whereas a standardized test probably gives us a better picture in these cases. Generally speaking, home schooled students should have the 20 ACT or 960 SAT to be safe.

    Domestic Transfers

  • Transfers with at least 30 or more transferable hours of credit must have at least a 2.00 cum GPA.
  • The GPA used to determine admission is based upon (i.e., calculated) transferable hours.
  • Generally remedial and vocational classes do not transfer.

    International High School & College Transfers with less than 30 credits

  • ** Note that students with less than 30 transfer credits will be evaluated on BOTH their high school credentials and transfer work. This is a judgment call....for example, if a student had a 2.8 high school GPA and has 20 transfer hours with a 1.0, we probably will not admit the student. If a student meets the GPA requirements for both HS and transfer, they would certainly be admitted.
  • GPA requirements - - Non-residents: 3.00 HS GPA (not core GPA)
  • ACT/SAT - These are not required
  • TOEFL OR IELTS - Required for students from countries in which English is not the official language. Please note that English proficiency is required of students coming from Kenya. The test may be waived if the student has taken the ACT/SAT and scored well (i.e., meet the required scores of ACT -20 and SAT - 960)
  • ** TOEFL = Test of English as a Foreign Language and IELTS = International English Language Testing System (www.ielts.org).Either are acceptable and meet the English proficiency requirement at the University of Wyoming
  • TOEFL - Minimum Scores (paper-based test) - 525 for most majors, 550 for Engineering, 575 for Pharmacy
  • TOEFL - Minimum Scores (computer-based test) - 197 for most majors, 213 for Engineering, 232 for Pharmacy
  • TOEFL - Minimum Scores (internet-based test) - 71 for most majors, 80 for Engineering, 90 for Pharmacy
  • IELTS - Minimum Scores - 5.5 for most majors, 6 for Engineering, 6.5 for Pharmacy

    International Transfers

  • Transfers with at least 30 or more transferable hours of credit must have at least a 2.00 cum GPA.
  • The GPA used to determine admission is based upon (i.e., calculated) transferable hours.
  • Generally remedial and vocational classes do not transfer.
  • TOEFL OR IELTS - Required for students from countries in which English is not the official language. Please note that English proficiency is required of students coming from Kenya. The test may be waived if the student has taken the ACT/SAT and scored well (i.e., meet the required scores of ACT -20 and SAT - 960)
  • TOEFL - Minimum Scores (paper-based test) - 525 for most majors, 550 for Engineering, 575 for Pharmacy
  • TOEFL - Minimum Scores (computer-based test) - 197 for most majors, 213 for Engineering, 232 for Pharmacy
  • TOEFL - Minimum Scores (internet-based test) - 71 for most majors, 80 for Engineering, 90 for Pharmacy
  • IELTS - Minimum Scores - 5.5 for most majors, 6 for Engineering, 6.5 for Pharmacy

    I. UW Admissions - Non-Academic Requirements

    Domestic High School & College Transfers with less than 30 credits

  • UW Application
  • $40 - Non-refundable
  • May be completed online or downloaded as a PDF and mailed in
  • Should be completed during a student's senior year (as early as possible). UW can provisionally admit students based upon a 6 semester transcript. If the student is a transfer he/she should complete the application as soon as possible.
  • High School Transcripts
  • Must be sent directly from the high school/s.
  • Test Score
  • May be sent from testing agency or be included on official high school transcript
  • College Transcripts (if applicable)
  • Must be sent directly from collegiate institution/s
  • Provide proof of measles immunization (MMR) by sending verification documentation to UW Student Health Services

    Domestic Home Schooled Students

  • UW Application
  • $40 - Non-refundable
  • May be completed online or downloaded as a PDF and mailed in
  • Should be completed during a student's senior year (as early as possible). UW can provisionally admit students based upon a 6 semester transcript.
  • High School Transcripts
  • Test Score
  • Must be sent from testing agency or listed on an official high school transcript
  • Provide proof of measles immunization (MMR) by sending verification documentation to UW Student Health Services

    Domestic Transfers

  • UW Application
  • $40 - Non-refundable
  • May be completed online or downloaded as a PDF and mailed in
  • Should complete the application as soon as possible.
    ** Note that students can apply up to a year in advance, but they should provide the most up-to-date transcripts as they are available. So if a student is admitted in September as a transfer student for the next Fall, but will have new grades in January, they should submit these so that we may begin the process of determining credits that transfer.
  • Transcripts
  • Must be sent directly from collegiate institution/s
  • Provide proof of measles immunization (MMR) by sending verification documentation to UW Student Health Services

    International High School & College Transfers with less than 30 credits

  • UW Application
  • $40 - Non-refundable
  • May be completed online or downloaded as a PDF and mailed in
  • Must be completed by the following deadlines: June 1 for fall semester, November 1 for spring semester and April 1 for summer semester.
  • Applications can initially be submitted up to 1 year before the desired semester of entry.
  • High School Transcripts
  • Must be sent directly from the high school/s.
  • Must be submitted in the native language. If language is other than English, an official English translation must also be sent.
  • Test Score (ACT/SAT) - If applicable
  • May be sent from testing agency or be included on official high school transcript
  • Test Score (TOEFL or IELTS) - Must be sent directly from the testing agency.
  • College Transcripts (if applicable)
  • Must be sent directly from collegiate institution/s
  • Passport - This is extremely helpful to ensure correct name spelling and date of birth
  • Provide proof of measles immunization (MMR) by sending verification documentation to UW Student Health Services
  • Confidential Financial Statement and Affidavit of Support
  • Must be accompanied by a bank statement or other official forms of documentation of financial support.
  • An athletic scholarship is considered an official form of documentation of financial support.

    International Transfers

  • UW Application
  • $40 - Non-refundable
  • May be completed online or downloaded as a PDF and mailed in
  • Must be completed by the following deadlines: June 1 for fall semester, November 1 for spring semester and April 1 for summer semester.
  • Applications can initially be submitted up to 1 year before the desired semester of entry.
  • Test Score (ACT/SAT) - If applicable
  • May be sent from testing agency or be included on official high school transcript
  • Test Score (TOEFL or IELTS) - Must be sent directly from the testing agency.
  • College Transcripts (if applicable)
  • Must be sent directly from collegiate institution/s
  • Passport - This is extremely helpful to ensure correct name spelling and date of birth
  • Provide proof of measles immunization (MMR) by sending verification documentation to UW Student Health Services
  • Confidential Financial Statement and Affidavit of Support
  • Must be accompanied by a bank statement or other official forms of documentation of financial support.
  • An athletic scholarship is considered an official form of documentation of financial support.

    Amateurism
    The NCAA's Principle of Amateurism dictates that only amateur student-athletes are eligible for intercollegiate athletics participation in a particular sport. By contrast, any person that receives any kind of payment for athletics participation, except as specifically permitted by the NCAA, is a professional athlete and is not eligible for intercollegiate competition.

    Below is a short list of possible activities that may jeopardize the amateur status of a prospective student-athlete. Please be aware that this is not an exhaustive list. If you have any questions regarding your status, please contact the applicable head coach.

    Professional Teams
    A prospective student-athlete is rendered permanently ineligible to participate in intercollegiate athletics by participating on a professional team. Under NCAA legislation, a professional team is any organized team that either:

    A. Declares itself to be professional, or
    B. Provides any of its players more than actual and necessary expenses for participation on the team, except as otherwise permitted by NCAA legislation. Actual and necessary expenses are limited to the following, provided the value of these items is commensurate with the fair market value in the locality of the player(s) and is not excessive in nature:

  • Meals directly tied to competition and practice held in preparation for such competition;
  • Lodging directly tied to competition and practice held in preparation for such competition;
  • Apparel, equipment and supplies;
  • Coaching and instruction;
  • Health/medical insurance;
  • Transportation (i.e., expenses to and from practice and competition, cost of transportation from home to training/practice site at the beginning of the season and from training/practice site to home at the end of season);
  • Medical treatment and physical therapy;
  • Facility usage;
  • Entry fees; and
  • Other reasonable expenses incidental to participation.

    Additional Amateurism Issues
    In addition, an individual jeopardizes his/her amateur status by:

  • Accepting direct or indirect salary, gratuity or comparable compensation for the individual's participation on a team;
  • Receiving preferential treatment, benefits, or services because of the individual's athletics reputation or skill (other than expressly authorized by NCAA rules);
  • Accepting expenses to participate in competition, except as expressly provided in NCAA amateurism legislation; or
  • Competing on any professional athletics team even if no pay or remuneration for expenses was received.
  • Agents
    Under NCAA rules, an individual loses amateur status if he/she agrees (verbally or in writing) to be represented by an agent in the present or in the future for the purpose of marketing the student-athlete's athletics ability or reputation. In addition, an individual is not permitted to accept transportation or other benefits from an agent.

    The term "agent" includes actual agents, runners (individuals who befriend student-athletes and frequently distribute impermissible benefits), and financial advisors.

    It is not a violation of NCAA rules if an individual merely talks to an agent (as long as an agreement for agent representation is not reached) or socializes with an agent (as long as the individual receives no tangible benefits). For example, a football prospective student-athlete could go to dinner with an agent, provided the prospective student-athlete provides his own transportation and pays for his own meal.

    National Letter of Intent
    Most incoming Division I student-athletes that receive athletically-related financial aid participate in the National Letter of Intent Program, which is administered by the Collegiate Commissioners Association. The University of Wyoming is a member of the National Letter of Intent Program.

    The National Letter of Intent is an agreement among participating schools that once a prospect accepts an offer of athletics financial aid to attend an NCAA school, other NCAA schools will recognize the offer and cease to recruit the prospect.

    Once a prospect has signed a National Letter of Intent, the prospect has then committed him-/herself to the University of Wyoming for one year as long as they are accepted for admission and meet NCAA eligibility requirements. The University of Wyoming also commits a full or partial athletics scholarship to the prospect.

    The National Letter of Intent is not an offer of admission to the University of Wyoming. The sole decision maker concerning admissions is the University Of Wyoming Office Of Admissions. For information about admission to the University of Wyoming please visit the Office of Admissions website at http://uwadmnweb.uwyo.edu/ADMISSIONS/.

    Prospects should become familiar with the procedures and implications of the National Letter of Intent before signing. For further information regarding the National Letter of Intent Program, please visit http://www.ncaa.org/wps/portal/nli

    If you are a prospective student-athlete and wish to obtain information concerning athletics scholarships, please contact the applicable head coach. Please be aware that outside scholarships (aid from any source other than athletics) can impact an individual and team's financial aid limitations and must be pre-approved by the coaching staff and Compliance Office.

    Visiting UW

    Official Visits
    An "official" campus visit by a prospective student-athlete ("prospect") is a visit that is financed in any way by the University of Wyoming. Official visits may be made by high school seniors, high school graduates, and two-year or four-year college transfers (except nonqualifiers in their first year at a two-year college). A prospect in the sport of men's basketball may make an official visit following January 1 of his junior year in high school.

    The NCAA limits each prospect to a total of five official visits and only one visit may be made to any NCAA institution. This restriction applies even if a prospect is being recruited in more than one sport. Five additional visits may be used after October 15 following the prospect's senior year of high school.

    In order for a prospect to take an official visit to the University of Wyoming, the prospect must provide the University with:

  • A copy of a high school or two-year college transcript.
  • For high school students, a copy of a PACT, ACT, PSAT, or SAT score from an official examination taken on a national testing date under national testing conditions. The prospect must also be registered with the NCAA Eligibility Center.
  • An official visit to the University of Wyoming may not last longer than 48 hours, which starts when the prospect arrives on Wyoming's campus or entertainment of the prospect begins at any site. The prospect must then depart the University of Wyoming's campus within 48 hours from the beginning of the visit.

    During the official visit, the University of Wyoming may provide a prospect (and the prospect's parents/spouse) with meals, lodging, and complimentary admissions to University athletics events. Complimentary admissions to University athletics events are issued through a pass list.

    While on an official visit to Wyoming, it is not permissible for a booster or other non-staff representative of University of Wyoming's Athletics Department to have any contact with a prospect.

    Unofficial Visits
    An unofficial visit by a prospective student-athlete ("prospect") is a visit that is financed entirely by the prospect. On an unofficial visit, Wyoming may not provide a prospect with lodging, off-campus transportation, or meals. It is permissible for the University of Wyoming to provide a prospect up to three complimentary admissions to a home athletics event. Admission may only be provided through a pass list and seating is restricted to the general seating area.

    A prospect may take an unlimited number of unofficial visits to the University of Wyoming and an unofficial visit may occur at any time during the prospect's high school career. However, no visits are permitted during a dead period or, in the sport of men's basketball, during the month of July.

    In addition, and similar to an official visit, a booster or other non-staff representative of the University of Wyoming Athletics Department may not have contact with a prospect during an unofficial visit.

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