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Probability of Competing Beyond High School

 

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 Student-Athletes 17,984 16,186 70,147 32,450 3,964 23,365
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%

Probability of Going Pro Figures and Methodology 2013

Last Updated: September 2013