Early Enrollment Question

Submitted by Yostal on September 9th, 2009 at 7:31 PM

This topic came up at lunch today and I was struck by the fact that I genuinely did not know the answer.

When a recruit enrolls early to a university, have they generally completed summer school work to make it so that they have enough credits to earn their high school diploma at the semester break, or is their an equivalence issue, or is there some NCAA loophole on this?

Similarly, has anyone looked at how the class of 2011, at least those players from the state of Michigan, will be affected by the new requirements of the Michigan Merit Curriculum? With the more stringent requirements for graduation, will we see less early enrollees from the state of Michigan in the future.

Any insight that can be provided would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your time.



September 9th, 2009 at 7:37 PM ^

I know it Texas, the required number of classes doesn't cover what a full time enrollment would be for high school. The only subject here you have to take 4 years of is English, so if someone wanted to graduate early, they either take summer school, or more commonly, take English 3 and 4 at the same time.

They actually offer a $1k scholarship to kids who graduate early if they go to a State of Texas university.


September 9th, 2009 at 9:28 PM ^

At Saline, before they switched to trimesters, you were only required to have 28 credits to graduate. At 4 credits per semester that would get you out in 3.5 years. I don't know exactly how it works at other schools, but I would imagine it varies.


September 10th, 2009 at 5:17 AM ^

The requirements vary from state to state (and perhaps district to district). But yes, the early enrollees almost always take a summer school or online class to meet the graduation requirements. There's no loophole for athletes to graduate without doing the work - the athletes just don't have to waste their time with Home Economics or some other elective.