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Student-Athlete Graduation Rates Rank Among Nation's Best

Sept. 24, 2003

The University of Notre Dame ranks among the top 10 Division I-A institutions in five major student-athlete graduate rate categories - overall, football, men, women and African-American - according to statistics released this month by the NCAA.

The federally mandated 2003 NCAA Graduation Rates Report, the 13th such survey issued by the association, covers students who enrolled between 1993 and 1996 at Division I institutions, including 117 in Division I-A. The NCAA bases graduation rates on the raw percentage of student-athletes who entered an institution and graduated within six years. Students who leave or transfer, regardless of academic standing, are considered non-graduates.

Using the NCAA formula, Notre Dame graduated a four-year average of 87 percent of its student-athletes, third only to Duke and Northwestern Universities, both at 89 percent. The national average for Division I-A schools is 60 percent.

Among student-athletes who completed all four years of athletic eligibility at Notre Dame, 99 percent earned their degrees. The national average was 83 percent.

Notre Dame graduated 92 percent of all women competing in varsity athletics, to rank second among peer institutions behind Northwestern at 98 percent. Among men, Notre Dame's 85 percent rate was second only to Duke at 88 percent.

Notre Dame graduated 78 percent of its African-American student-athletes, ranking behind Rice, Stanford, Vanderbilt, Northwestern and Duke.

Notre Dame football players graduated at an 81 percent rate to rank seventh nationally behind Vanderbilt, Duke, Northwestern, Syracuse, Rice and Stanford.

The NCAA recently presented an Academic Achievement Award to Notre Dame for its best-in-the-nation one-year graduation rate of 92 percent for all student-athletes who enrolled in 1996.

The top 10 in each category follows:

2003 NCAA
Graduation Rates Report
All data for student-athletes who enrolled between 1993 and 1996 (numbers are percentages)

All Student-Athletes

1. Duke89
(tie) Northwestern89
3. Notre Dame87
(tie) Stanford87
5. Rice82
6. Virginia81
7. Boston College80
8. Penn State79
(tie) Syracuse79
10 Vanderbilt78
?

Male Student-Athletes

1. Duke88
2. Notre Dame85
3. Stanford83
4. Northwestern82
5. Rice79
6. Virginia77
7. Boston College76
8. Syracuse75
9. Wake Forest74
10. Vanderbilt73
?

Female Student-Athletes

1. Northwestern98
2. Notre Dame92
(tie) Duke92
(tie) Stanford92
5. Rice90
6. Penn State87
(tie) Vanderbilt 87
8. Michigan86
(tie) Virginia86
10. Miami (Ohio)85
(tie) Syracuse85
(tie) Virginia Tech 85
?

Football Student-Athletes

1. Vanderbilt84
2. Duke83
(tie) Northwestern83
(tie) Syracuse83
5. Rice82
(tie) Stanford82
7. Notre Dame81
8. Boston College79
9. Penn State76
(tie) Tulane76
(tie) Virginia76
(tie) Wake Forest 76
?

African-American Student-Athletes

1. Rice87
2. Stanford85
(tie) Vanderbilt85
4. Northwestern83
5. Duke82
6. Notre Dame78
7. Tulane76
8. Syracuse 73
9. Baylor70
10. Boston College69

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