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NCAA Reports Graduation Rates for Athletes

November 16, 2022

Ninety percent of Division I college athletes who entered college in 2015 graduated within six years, the National Collegiate Athletic Association reported Tuesday, using its Graduation Success Rate measure that excludes athletes who leave their institution in good academic standing and includes those who transfer into the institution and graduate. Using the standard federal graduation rate, 69 percent of Division I athletes graduated within six years, compared to 70 percent of all students at their institutions.

Division II athletes graduated at an 88 percent rate using the division’s Academic Success Rate calculation, with a federal graduate rate of 60 percent, compared to 52 percent for the overall student bodies at those institutions.

Division III athletes had an Academic Success Rate of 88 percent and a federal graduation rate of 70 percent, compared to 67 percent for the overall student bodies at those institutions.

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Doug Lederman

Doug Lederman is editor and co-founder of Inside Higher Ed. He helps lead the news organization's editorial operations, overseeing news content, opinion pieces, career advice, blogs and other features. Doug speaks widely about higher education, including on C-Span and National Public Radio and at meetings and on campuses around the country, and his work has appeared in The New York Times and USA Today, among other publications. Doug was managing editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education from 1999 to 2003. Before that, Doug had worked at The Chronicle since 1986 in a variety of roles, first as an athletics reporter and editor. He has won three National Awards for Education Reporting from the Education Writers Association, including one in 2009 for a series of Inside Higher Ed articles he co-wrote on college rankings. He began his career as a news clerk at The New York Times. He grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio, and graduated in 1984 from Princeton University. Doug lives with his wife, Kate Scharff, in Bethesda, Md.

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