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Division II schools recognized for academic excellence

Twenty-seven Division II member schools will be honored as part of the Presidents’ Award for Academic Excellence program, now in its fifth year, for achieving four-year Academic Success Rates of 90 percent or higher.

For the first time, the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia led Division II with an Academic Success Rate of 99 percent, followed closely by Saint Michael’s College, Point Loma Nazarene University and Bentley University, all of which achieved a 98 percent ASR.

For the second straight year, the Northeast-10 led Division II’s 24 conferences in ASR rates, with five athletics programs posting scores of 90 percent or more.

“We are pleased by the increasing number of Division II schools whose student-athletes are earning Academic Success Rates of 90 percent or higher,” said Judy Bense, president of the University of West Florida and chair of the Division II Presidents Council. “These schools and their students demonstrate the utmost dedication to success in the classroom and on the field, and we are proud of their efforts.”

The Academic Success Rate is the percentage of student-athletes who graduate within six years of initial enrollment in college and includes virtually all Division II student-athletes, including transfers and those not receiving athletics scholarships.

The Division II ASR also captures about 51 percent more college athletes than the federal graduation rate. Unlike the federal graduation rate, the ASR also counts student-athletes who transfer to a school after initial enrollment elsewhere and removes from the rate student-athletes who leave school while academically eligible. The national ASR is 71 percent for student-athletes who entered college from 2005 through 2008.

Regardless of which measure is used, Division II college athletes graduate at a higher rate than the general student body. The federal rate for the 2008 entering class of student-athletes was 55 percent, compared to 49 percent for the general student body.

School Academic Success Rate
University of the Sciences in Philadelphia 99
Saint Michael's College 98
Point Loma Nazarene University 98
Bentley University 98
Stonehill College 96
Maryville University of Saint Louis 95
Davis and Elkins College 94
University of California, San Diego 94
Assumption College 94
Seattle Pacific University 94
Rockhurst University 93
Virginia State University 93
Georgian Court University 93
Hillsdale College 93
William Jewell College 93
Merrimack College 92
Rollins College 92
St. Edward's University 92
Flagler College 92
University of Puerto Rico, Bayamon 91
Cedarville University 91
Eckerd College 91
Philadelphia University 91
University of Sioux Falls 91
Roberts Wesleyan College 90
Barry University 90
Lewis University 90
Conference Schools
Northeast-10 Conference 5
Great Lakes Valley Conference 4
Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference 3
Sunshine State Conference 3
Great Midwest Athletic Conference 2
California Collegiate Athletic Association 1
Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association 1
East Coast Conference 1
Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 1
Great Northwest Athletic Conference 1
Heartland Conference 1
Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference 1
Pacific West Conference 1
Peach Belt Conference 1
Independent 1