• October 30, 2014

College Athletes' Graduation Rates 2011

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 institutions 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 2001 and 2004.

Institution Graduation success rate Federal graduation rate for athletes General students' graduation rate
Highest
Columbia U.-Barnard College 100% * 92%
Brown U. 100% * 95%
Dartmouth College 99% * 94%
American U. 99% 84% 76%
Colgate U. 99% 86% 90%
U. of Notre Dame 99% 91% 96%
Harvard U. 98% * 97%
Siena College 98% 84% 77%
College of the Holy Cross 98% 92% 92%
Boston College 97% 85% 91%
Bucknell U. 97% 90% 90%
Yale U. 97% * 97%
Duke U. 97% 85% 94%
Lafayette College 97% 89% 89%
Davidson College 97% 91% 92%
Lowest
Utah Valley U. 33% 19% 16%
Chicago State U. 41% 38% 14%
Mississippi Valley State U. 42% 40% 31%
Texas Southern U. 45% 32% 12%
Savannah State U. 48% 39% 34%
U. of Tennessee at Chattanooga 49% 48% 40%
Florida A&M U. 50% 43% 35%
U. of New Orleans 52% 42% 22%
Portland State U. 53% 46% 34%
Jackson State U. 54% 54% 42%
North Carolina A&T State U. 55% 51% 39%
Southern U. at Baton Rouge 55% 49% 29%
California State U. at Bakersfield 55% 48% 41%
Morgan State U. 56% 45% 33%
U. of Texas-Pan American 56% 51% 35%
* The NCAA did not provide the federal graduation rate for athletes at this institution.
Source: National Collegiate Athletic Association; Chronicle reporting
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