Academic Standards for Eligibility

Participation on a Griffins team is a privilege MacEwan University students receive based on their athletic abilities. This privilege comes with added responsibility in the classroom in order to compete with the Griffins.

In order to be eligible to compete, the MacEwan University Griffins  require that:

  • A student-athlete must be enrolled as a full-time MacEwan University student in post secondary courses, in the semester of participation at the accredited post-secondary institution for which they represent. Wherein full-time status is defined as being registered in and attending a minimum of three credit courses totaling nine credit hours (or equivalent as determined by the institutions Registrar), in each semester in which they participate in ACAC competition. To participate on a team competing in Canada West, student-athletes must be enrolled in a minimum of three (3) degree courses per semester and successfully complete 18 credits during the calendar year. Please speak with an academic advisor to confirm your Canada West eligibility prior to tryouts.
  • MacEwan University recognizes some students may not be fully prepared to enter a post-secondary program and member institutions offer academic upgrading programs to assist in this transition. A student-athlete enrolled in three courses totaling nine or more credits in an academic upgrading program, in a single semester, are considered eligible for ACAC competition. A student-athlete may be enrolled in two consecutive semesters of nine or more credits in an academic upgrading program in the same academic year. A student-athlete, who is partially enrolled in an academic upgrading program, in a single semester, must be enrolled in a minimum of two courses totaling six or more credits of post secondary level courses to be considered eligible. A student-athlete is permitted to compete for only one academic year within their five years of eligibility while enrolled in an academic upgrading program. English as a Second Language students are considered eligible under similar conditions.
    Note: academic upgrading programs are not eligible for credit towards Canada West participation and eligibility. 
  • Student-athletes must possess a Grade Point Average of 2.0/4.0 or better to be nominated for eligible scholarships and awards.

MacEwan University Academic Support Programs

Athletics Program contacts:

Sport Specific Athletic Coaches: Click here       

Academic Mentor Co-ordinators: Joel Mrak AND Lindsay McAlpine 


The Academic Support Program is designed to assist student athletes in their post secondary development, and cope with the demands of university academics, varsity sport and university life.  These students have access to two varsity athlete specific success programs and MacEwan student services available for a wide range of support and skill development.

Services for students:

Writing and Learning services: Rm 7-112 (497-5063/64) ... Including MacEwan Works login - Peer Tutoring, Resources

Wellness & Psychological Counselling: Rm 7-103A (497-5064) ... Includes a list of emergency help lines

MacEwan International: Rm 7-105 (497-5397) ... Specific to student-athletes from outside Canada

Campus Advising: Includes Financial aid, Program and Counselling

Career Development & Experiential Learning: Rm 7-121 (633-3512)

Indigenous Centre: Rm 7-131 (497-5382)

Services to students with Disabilities: Rm 7-198 (497-5886)


Peer tutoring is available under the Learning & Writing Centre and also in SSD services there is an excellent Tutor Tool Kit

Varsity Athlete Specific Support Programs:

Kickstart: Orientation program set up for First Year Varsity athletes, where they are introduced to University professors and MacEwan support staff, discussing a number of topics including; Group work, Winning Assignments and Essay writing, Studying - Time Management - Note taking. The sessions include a very valuable returning athlete’s perspective.

Click here for Kickstart plan schedule

Back on Track: A support program for any student athletes who are struggling academically and do not receive a 2.0 grade point average in any semester.  It includes an explanation of academic probation, the setup of a coach – student athlete review process, and resource presentations.  

Click here for sample Back on Track program plan