Intercollegiate Athletic Eligibility

Intercollegiate Athletic Eligibility

Northwest Nazarene University includes the following sports in its intercollegiate athletic program:

Men – baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, and indoor and outdoor track and field.

Women – basketball, cross country, golf, indoor and outdoor track and field, soccer, softball, and volleyball.

The men’s and women’s teams are members of the NCAA Division II. Teams compete in the NCAA Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC). The individuals and teams compete for conference and regional championships, which may qualify them for national competition.

Students who wish to compete in intercollegiate athletics must be enrolled full time (typically a minimum of 12 semester credits, with exceptions for undergraduate students in their last semester on schedule to graduate and students enrolled in a graduate program). Other requirements to compete include:

  1. As a freshman, being registered with and declared qualified by the NCAA Eligibility Center.
  2. Meeting all academic and general eligibility requirements as outlined in the NCAA Division II Manual and as required by GNAC and NNU.  GNAC and NNU require a cumulative GPA of 2.00 be achieved and maintained to be eligible to compete, which takes precedence over lower NCAA standards.

Freshmen student-athletes who do not meet all academic requirements to compete may be allowed to participate in designated activities (competition not included) depending on their status of "Partial Qualifier" or "Nonqualifier" as outlined in Bylaw 14.3 of the NCAA Division II Manual, "Freshman Academic Requirements."  Transfer student-athletes who do not meet all academic requirements to compete may be allowed to participate in designated activities (competition not included) as outlined in Bylaw 14.5 of the NCAA Division II Manual, "Transfer Regulations."  Student-athletes other than freshmen and transfers who do not meet all academic requirements to compete may be allowed to participate in the same activities (competition not included) designated for a freshman "Partial Qualifier."

Student-athletes may not compete in more than four seasons in any one sport.