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The Ivy League Tops NCAA Graduation Success Rate for Second-Straight Year

NCAA Release | NCAA Graduation Success Rate Searchable Database

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INDIANAPOLIS -- The Ivy League topped the NCAA Graduation Success Rate (GSR) for Division I student-athletes who began college in 2005 combining for an average of 98 percent across its eight institutions, according to the most recent NCAA figures.

The Ancient Eight led all Division I conferences for a second-straight year with Dartmouth leading the way with a perfect GSR of 100.

Brown and Columbia were next with GSRs of 99, followed by Harvard (98), Cornell (97), Princeton (97), Yale (97) and Penn (96).

The Ivy League is included in the GSR data for the second-consecutive year. The NCAA did not collect graduation rate data for student-athletes who were not receiving athletically-related aid until 2004. The six-year graduation rate data for those student-athletes who began college in 2004 is now available so the data now includes the Ivy League.

The GSR for the last four graduating classes of all Division I student-athletes (2002-2005) remains at 80 percent, still an all-time high for the NCAA, according to NCAA President Mark Emmert. The most recent one-year GSR for the 2005 class is 81 percent, down one point from last year. Most other sports remained steady or were down slightly in year-to-year comparisons.

The overall GSR for the 2005 entering class is seven points higher than the 1995 entering class.

The NCAA's Graduation Success Rate includes transfer students and student-athletes who leave in good academic standing, unlike the federal graduation rate, which does not count transfers. The GSR and federal rate calculations measure graduation over six years from first-time college enrollment.

The federal graduation rate, while less inclusive than the GSR, provides the only measure of historic academic comparison between student-athletes and the general student body. By this standard, student-athletes consistently outperform nearly all their peers in the student body.

The latest data show that Division I student-athletes who entered college in 2005 equaled their highest federal graduation rate of 65 percent – two percentage points higher than the general student body at Division I institutions.

Every student-athlete group is graduating at rates higher than their peers except for white males, who are one point behind their counterparts in the student body under the federal rate.