Graduation Rates

College athletes graduate at record high rates

More Division I student-athletes than ever are earning their degrees, according to new Graduation Success Rate data released today. The most recent rate is 88 percent, a record high and an increase of 1 percentage point from 2017 numbers.

Division I Graduation Rates Database

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DI African-American student-athletes graduate at record rates

Division I student-athletes in nearly all sports and demographics improved their graduation rates, most notably a 3 percentage point increase for African-Americans in all sports, which contributed to a record-high 87 percent Graduation Success Rate.

Summary of Division III Academic Success Rates

In 2010 Division III launched the Academic Reporting Program, a voluntary data collection of student-athlete graduation information. Division III schools are not required to report rates specifically for student-athletes, although they...

Summary of Division II Academic Success Rates

When the Graduation Success Rate (GSR) was developed for Division I, the membership in Divisions II and III began to wonder whether a similar methodology could apply to them, even though the characteristics of membership are different in...

Why the GSR is a Better Methodology

The methodology for calculating the federal rate comes from the Student Right-to-Know Act passed in November 1990. It is limited in who it tracks, but the Department of Education has held onto this methodology to this day.

Under this federal formula, student-athlete cohorts must consist only of first-time, full-time freshmen entering in a given fall term while receiving athletically related financial aid. Student-athletes not receiving such aid at entry and those who transfer into the institution are not included in the cohort. In addition, transfers out of any school are...

NCAA Graduation Rates: A Quarter-Century of Tracking Academic Success

It’s been almost 25 years since the NCAA first began collecting and publishing student-athlete graduation rates, and in all but two of them – the first two, actually – the data show student-athlete rates consistently surpass those of their student-body counterparts.

In January 1990, the NCAA membership passed legislation requiring schools to report rates disaggregated by race, gender and sport (specifically, football, men’s and women’s basketball, baseball, and men’s and women’s track/cross country). The vote at the 1990 NCAA Convention preceded by about 10 months the U.S. Congress’...

Division III student-athletes continue academic success

Division III student-athletes continue to graduate at higher rates than their peers in the student-body, according to the most recent NCAA Academic Success Rate data.

DIII presidents review graduation-rate data

By Gary Brown The Division III Presidents Council at its meeting on Tuesday reviewed a third year of data from a voluntary academic reporting program showing that student-athletes in general graduate at rates higher than their student-body...

DIII graduation rates reflect student athlete success

By Gary Brown Data from the third year of Division III’s voluntary academic reporting program released Thursday once again demonstrate that student-athletes in general graduate at higher rates than their student-body peers. Of the 128...

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