Tracking Graduation Rates
The ultimate goal of the college experience is graduation, and college athletes are graduating at rates that are higher than ever.
The NCAA closely tracks student-athlete graduation rates using several measures. In Division I, the Graduation Success Rate tracks the number of first-year, full-time students who entered college with financial aid and graduated from that school within six years, including anyone who transferred into that school. This measurement is unique in that it does not penalize a school when a student-athlete transfers to another school if the student was in good academic standing at the time of the transfer.
Division II’s Academic Success Rate is similar to the Division I GSR, except it measures the academic success of all student-athletes, not just those who receive financial aid.
While Division III does not have an NCAA-mandated measurement for academic success, schools are encouraged to report data on a voluntary basis using the Division III Academic Success Rate measurement.