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Included in the NCAA's academic reform package passed last spring were standards that as of the end of the 2013 academic year, junior college transfers must now have a 2.5 grade point average in their transferable credits in order to be eligible for a four-year school. That's not only up from a 2.0, but also higher than is required for initial eligibility for freshmen (2.3 under the new NCAA rules) and significantly higher than virtually every university requires for continuing eligibility.

Also included were strengthened requirements in course load. Previously 2-4 transfers -- those who never attended a four-year school -- needed to just complete six hours of English and three hours of math among the 48 hours required to earn their associate's degree. Now student athletes must also complete three hours of natural or physical science and no more than two physical activity credit hours can be applied.