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Working with Athletes

  • Be aware that it is strongly recommended that a student athlete work with an advisor in both the Athletic department and the student’s academic department.
  • The earlier an athlete declares a major, the better. Getting on track early is critical to the athlete’s success.
  • In order to meet NCAA academic eligibility requirements, students should plan on taking at least 26-30 credits each year.
  • If any remedial courses are needed , it is best that they are taken within the first year of attendance at Boise State.
  • It is also recommended that all athletes enroll in specialized UNIV sections.
  • Recognize that each student athlete has a very specific set of rules related to enrollment for eligibility.
  • Suggest courses that meet major requirements, as well as general university requirements.
  • Encourage the student athlete to confirm the course selection with the Athletic department prior to the beginning of courses.
  • Take into account student athletes must be enrolled in at least 12 credits each fall and spring semester – this does not include retaking a course in which the student received a ‘D’.
  • Recognize that student athletes have a specific workout and practice schedule required by the university.
  • As with any student, an athlete can receive multiple credits for KIN-ACT courses. Since the athlete is required to participate in regular lifting and weight-training, encourage the student to sign up for credit. However, please be aware that all students may only use a maximum of 8 credits of KIN-ACT toward graduation. Many student althetes transfer in with KIN-ACT credits.
  • Encourage athletes to register for the minimal amount of credits needed for eligibility in the semester in which he/she competes or travels. More credits can be completed the following semester.
  • Respect the circumstances of a student athlete – he/she is a representative of this institution and is ultimately held to a higher set of standards than many of our other students.
  • Keep in mind only scholarship athletes have fees paid by the university and that not all sports provide full scholarships.
  • If the student is on scholarship, any extra fees attached to courses are NOT covered by the scholarship. The student is responsible for those fees her/himself