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GOALS Study (Growth, Opportunities, Aspirations and Learning of Students in college)

The GOALS study is used by NCAA policymakers and member institutions to study the experiences of student-athletes across all sports and NCAA divisions. It also will provide objective and attitudinal data from student-athletes on possible academic and social trade-offs and sacrifices they have made in order to participate in collegiate athletics.

Respondents provided information on important topics regarding their lives as student-athletes that included:

  • Academic engagement and success;
  • Athletics experiences;
  • Social experiences and integration;
  • Career aspirations;
  • Physical and mental health and well-being;
  • Campus and team climate, and
  • Time commitments.

For more information, please contact Michael Miranda at

GOALS 2015 Study

The GOALS survey will again be conducted in the fall semester of 2015.  Materials will be posted soon.

GOALS 2010 Study

2010 Archive 2006 Archive