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Ray Bonnett - Compliance Coordinator
Phone: (304) 367-4146

Fairmont State -
Compliance Mission

One of the most important objectives of the Fairmont State Athletic Department is for strict compliance with NCAA rules and regulations. NCAA rules cover all aspects of intercollegiate athletics, including prospective student-athletes and boosters. The following information is posted at this site to educate supporters of Fairmont State athletics and families of potential players with regard to NCAA regulations involving important rules and regulations where student athletes are concerned. We ask all supporters of Fairmont State athletics to become more informed by reading the following material presented here.

Prospective Student-Athletes:

Who exactly is a prospective student-athlete? According to NCAA rules, prospective student-athletes are individuals who have started their ninth grade year of school or have been recruited by an institutional staff member or a representative of the school's athletic interest.

NCAA rules prohibit Fairmont State and all NCAA Institutions from specifically naming prospective student-athletes that are being actively recruited. Therefore, no names of prospects will be found at this site, or mentioned by any school sponsored publication, until they have signed a national letter-of-intent to attend Fairmont State and their names have been released by the school's Sports Information Department.

Division II Academic Eligibility Requirements

Visit the NCAA Clearinghouse Website

The Division I and Division II initial-eligibility requirements have changed.

WHAT IS THE NEW RULE? The new requirements increase the number of required core courses from 13 to 14. The additional course may come from any of the following areas: English, mathematics, natural/physical science, social science, foreign language, non-doctrinal religion or philosophy. Please see the important notice below about the elimination of computer science.

For the classes of 2005, 2006 and 2007: Division I and Division II

If you plan to enter college in 2005 or after, your eligibility will be determined under the new rule. That means that you must have 14 core courses to be eligible to practice, play and receive financial aid at a Division I or Division II school.

For the class of 2008: Division I only -- 16 core courses

If you plan to enter college in 2008 or after, you will need to present 16 core courses in the following breakdown:

  • 4 years of English
  • 3 years of mathematics (Algebra I or higher)
  • 2 years of natural/physical science (one must be a lab science)
  • 1 year of additional English, math or science
  • 2 years of social studies
  • 4 years of additional core courses (from any area listed above, or from foreign language, nondoctrinal religion or philosophy)

Division II Academic Eligibility

After a student athlete is initially eligible and begins to compete, Fairmont State is committed to a strict adherence to NCAA rules while providing assistance and guidance to students in order to maintain their NCAA eligibility. For more information about NCAA administration and governance, visit the NCAA online.

Any questions?

Whenever you have questions regarding NCAA or West Virginia Conference legislation, please call the Fairmont State Athletic Compliance Office at (304) 367-4146, via e-mail: or by contacting the NCAA at (317) 917-6222.