Being a student-athlete means you have to take classes. Twelve credit hours per quarter or semester are the minimum you need to remain eligible to play, practice, and lift weight. You can’t screw this one up. It’s the “other” reason you are here. There is no reason why you should struggle in your academics. There are academic advisors, tutors, and people falling over themselves to help you succeed in class. Freshman and Sophomore years and grades are a game-changer with student-athletes that want to play in college.