There are more than 450,000 NCAA student-athletes, and fewer than two percent will go pro in their sports.
For the rest, the experiences of college athletics and the life lessons they learn along the way will help them as they pursue careers in business, education, athletics administration, communications, law, medicine and many more fields. Education is a vital part of the college athletics experience, and student-athletes treat it that way. Overall, student-athletes graduate at higher rates than their peers in the student body, and those rates rise each year.
The chart below shows the probability of competing in athletics beyond high school – both college and professionally. These percentages are based on estimated data.
|Student-Athletes||Men's Basketball||Women's Basketball||Football||Baseball||Men's Ice Hockey||Men's Soccer|
|High School Student-Athletes||538,676||433,120||1,086,627||474,791||35,198||410,982|
|High School Senior Student-Athletes||153,907||123,749||310,465||135,655||10,057||117,423|
|NCAA Freshman Roster Positions||5,138||4,625||20,042||9,271||1,133||6,676|
|NCAA Senior Student-Athletes||3,996||3,597||15,588||7,211||881||5,192|
|NCAA Student-Athletes Drafted||46||32||254||678||7||101|
|Percent High School to NCAA||3.3%||3.7%||6.5%||6.8%||11.3%||5.7%|
|Percent NCAA to Professional||1.2%||0.9%||1.6%||9.4%||0.8%||1.9%|
|Percent High School to Professional||0.03%||0.03%||0.08%||0.50%||0.07%||0.09%|
Last Updated: September 2013