Division II Academics


Division II's academic philosophy calls for a comprehensive program of learning and development in a personal setting. Division II provides growth opportunities through academic achievement, learning in high-level athletics competition and development of societal attitudes in service to community. The balance and integration of these different areas of learning opportunity provide Division II student-athletes with a path to graduation while also cultivating a variety of skills and knowledge for life ahead.

Academic Success Rate (ASR)

Each year, the NCAA publicly announces the Academic Success Rate of all Division II institutions, along with a similar Division I Graduation Success Rate. The graduation-rate data are based on a six-year cohort prescribed by the U.S. Department of Education.

The NCAA developed the success rates in response to college and university presidents who wanted graduation data that more accurately reflect the mobility among all college students today.

The Academic Success Rate accounts for the academic outcomes of student-athletes who transfer from one institution to another. The rate compiled using the federal government's methodology does not count transfers in and counts transfers out as graduation failures. Regardless of which rate is used, student-athletes are shown to graduate at a higher rate than their peers in the general student body.

The Division II rate, the first such study to be undertaken within the Association, is unique in that it measures graduation outcomes for student-athletes who are not receiving athletically related financial aid.

That, combined with the assessment of transfer student-athletes, means that the Division II compilation evaluates nearly twice as many student-athletes as the study undertaken through the federal Student Right-to-Know Act.