• July 30, 2014

College Athletes' Graduation-Success Rates: Highest and Lowest

The National Collegiate Athletic Association's "graduation success rate" differs from federal graduation statistics because it accounts for students who transfer. The NCAA's figures, unlike the federal ones, do not penalize an institution for athletes who leave to attend other colleges, as long as they depart in good academic standing. Here are the Division I colleges with the highest and lowest graduation-success rates for athletes who entered college between 1999 and 2002. The federal rates for athletes, and for the general student body, for those who entered college during that same period are also given for comparison.

 

Graduation-Success Rate

Federal Graduation Rate for Athletes

Federal Graduation Rate for Student Body

Highest
U. of Notre Dame 99 90 95
Colgate U. 99 88 90
U.S. Naval Academy 98 * 85
Wofford College 97 78 79
U. of New Hampshire 97 75 73
Northwestern U. 97 88 93
Lafayette College 97 86 90
Furman U. 97 77 85
Duke U. 97 88 93
Davidson College 97 91 91
College of the Holy Cross 97 91 92
Lowest
Utah Valley University 28 21 15
Chicago State U. 38 28 15
Florida A&M U. 41 34 42
North Carolina A&T U. 42 45 39
Portland State U. 42 48 35
Jackson State U. 43 46 38
Delaware State U. 45 47 36
Savannah State U. 46 47 34
Texas Southern U. 47 42 13
Southern U. at Baton Rouge 48 49 28
Source: National Collegiate Athletic Association

* The NCAA did not provide data about the federal graduation rate of the Naval Academy's athletes.

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