JJ Peterson's UT status, requirements and timetable after classes begin

JJ Peterson's UT status, requirements and timetable after classes begin

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JJ Peterson's UT status, requirements and timetable after classes begin

KNOXVILLE — Fall semester classes began August 22 at Tennessee.

Jeremy Pruitt discussed 2018 UT commit JJ Peterson’s status on enrolling and taking part in football activities as classes kicked off.

“It’s the same deal,” Pruitt said following practice during media availability. “That’s the good thing about any student-athlete – once they finish up their requirements and pass the NCAA clearing house, as long as it’s not a deadline past entering school, they can start school and we still expect him to be here.”

UT’s website states the following on enrolling in classes:

Undergraduate students may add courses through the tenth calendar day counted from the beginning of classes fall and spring terms.

Pruitt was asked about Peterson’s status following the Vols’ second scrimmage of fall training camp, August 19.

“He’s finishing up a class, and when he gets the class finished up, he’ll be here,” Pruitt said. “Would we have liked it to been last week? Absolutely. But that’s part of it. You’ve got to do it, and he’s working hard to do that.”

Peterson’s high school head coach Rush Propst of Colquitt County in Moultrie, Ga., told Vols Wire on August 15 that the Tennessee commit is still working on getting to UT.

“He will be there hopefully by the time school starts at Tennessee,” Propst told Vols Wire. “He is working every day to get there.”

NCAA requirements

Standards issued by the NCAA Eligibility Center are slightly different for Division I and Division II student-athletes, but are based on the same four principles:

  • You must graduate from high school.
  • You must successfully complete all core courses.
  • You must have a minimum 2.000 GPA in core courses.
  • You must have a minimum qualifying score on the ACT or SAT.

Students in the classes of 2008 and beyond must complete 16 core courses for Division I and 14 core courses for Division II.

NCAA requirements

Calculating a core course GPA by hand involves the following steps:

  1. List the title of your core courses, the grades earned and credits earned for each course.
    • Be sure to only include courses on your school’s List of Approved Core Courses.
  2. Assign each course a unit value based on the credits earned.
    • 1 year = 1.0 units
    • 1 semester = .50 units
    • 1 trimester = .33 units
  3. Assign each grade earned a “quality point” value.
    • “A” = 4 quality points.
    • “B” = 3 quality points.
    • “C” = 2 quality points.
    • “D” = 1 quality point.
    • Note: The Eligibility Center does not use plus or minus grades.
  4. Calculate quality points earned for each course.
    • Multiply the quality points for each grade by the unit value.
    • For example: A “B” in a one-semester course is worth 1.50 quality points (3 x .50)
  5. Calculate your Final GPA.
    • Add up the total number of quality points earned.
    • Add up the total number of units completed.
    • Divide the total quality points by the total units to get your Core Course GPA.
    • For example: 42 quality points / 14 core course units = 3.00 GPA.

SAT/ACT test scores needed

In Division I, a sliding scale is used based on core course GPA. The higher your GPA, the lower your test scores need to be to qualify. Higher test scores will also allow for a lower minimum GPA.

In Division II, the test score requirements are the same for every student, regardless of GPA. To meet Division II requirements, you must achieve at least an 820 on the SAT or a sum score of 68 on the ACT.

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