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Eligibility

General Eligibility Requirements
  • Duke utilizes the NCAA Eligibility Center to determine the initial eligibility of a student-athlete. All prospective student-athletes must register with the Eligibility Center.
  • To be eligible to participate in organized practice sessions, a student-athlete must be enrolled in a minimum full-time program of studies leading to a baccalaureate or equivalent degree.
  • Student-athlete may practice, but may not compete, during the institution’s first five days of classes if the student-athlete is enrolled in less than a minimum full-time program of studies, provided the student is otherwise eligible under all institutional, conference and NCAA requirements.
  • To be eligible for competition, a student-athlete must be enrolled in at least a minimum full-time program of studies leading to a baccalaureate or equivalent degree, no less than 12 semester or quarter hours.
  • Student-athletes are allowed 4 seasons of eligibility within 5 calendar years from the time they first enroll full-time in a collegiate institution.
  • Student-athlete's eligibility must be certified by the first date of competition or contest each regular term of an academic year. The certification is based on the student’s academic record at the beginning of the applicable term.
Hardship Waiver
A student-athlete may be granted an additional year of competition by the conference or the Committee on Student-Athlete Reinstatement for reasons of “hardship.” Hardship is defined as an incapacity resulting from an injury or illness that has occurred under all of the following conditions:
  • The incapacitating injury or illness occurs in one of the four seasons of intercollegiate competition at any two-year or four-year collegiate institutions or occurs after the first day of classes in the student-athlete’s senior year in high school.
  • The injury or illness occurs prior to the first competition of the second half of the playing season that concludes with the NCAA championship in that sport and results in incapacity to compete for the remainder of that playing season.
  • In team sports, the injury or illness occurs when the student-athlete has not participated in more than three contests or dates of competition (whichever is applicable to that sport) or 30 percent (whichever number is greater) of the institution’s scheduled or completed contests or dates of competition in his or her sport.
  • In individual sports, the injury or illness occurs when the student-athlete has not participated in more than three dates of competition or 30 percent (whichever number is greater) of the maximum permissible number of dates of competition  plus one date for a conference championship.
Contemporaneous or other appropriate medical documentation, from a physician who administered care at the time of the injury or illness that establishes the student-athlete’s inability to compete as a result of that injury or illness must be submitted with any hardship waiver request.

Transfer Students
A student who transfers to a member institution from any collegiate institution is required to complete one full academic year of residence at the certifying institution before being eligible to compete for or to receive travel expenses from the member institution. There are cases where this rule may be exempt please consult the Compliance office, if you believe this rule is not applicable in a specific situation.

Transfer student from a four-year institution, who has received a waiver of or qualifies for an exception to the transfer residence requirement, is not eligible to compete at the certifying institution during the segment that concludes with the NCAA championship if the student-athlete has competed during that segment of the same academic year in that sport at the previous four-year institution.

ACC Transfer Rule
A student-athlete who transfers directly to an ACC institution from another ACC institution, where they were recruited and/or received any athletically related financial aid during the academic year immediately prior to the transfer is required to complete the following:
  • One academic year (2 full semesters) of residency at the certifying ACC institution before being eligible to compete or to receive athletically related financial aid
  • This year of residency counts for one of the student-athletes four permissible seasons of competition.
  • During this year of residency the student may practice.
  • A transfer student-athlete admitted after the twelfth day of class may not utilize that semester or quarter for the purpose of establishing residency.
Useful Links for Eligibility


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