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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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January 21
W, 90-37
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Kentucky
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January 21
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Wisconsin
Chicago, Ill. (United Center)
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January 21
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Cleveland State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)
January 21
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Philadelphia, Pa.
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January 23
5:00 PM
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Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)
January 25
7:00 PM
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Pittsburgh, Penn.
January 26
5:30 PM
Indiana Relays
Bloomington, Ind.
January 26
8:00 PM
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Minneapolis, MN (Mariucci Arena)

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January 26
All Day
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January 27
8:00 PM
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Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

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January 27
10:00 AM
Indiana Relays
Bloomington, Ind.
January 27
1:00 PM
Texas
Austin, Texas (Texas Tennis Center)
January 27
2:00 PM
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Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)
January 27
8:00 PM
Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN (Mariucci Arena)

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January 27
All Day
Shamrock Invitational
Notre Dame, Ind. (Rolfs Aquatic Center)
January 27
All Day
DeCicco Duals
Notre Dame, IN (Castellan Family Fencing Center)
January 28
4:00 PM
Florida State
Tallahassee, Fla.

ESPN2
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January 28
All Day
DeCicco Duals
Notre Dame, IN (Castellan Family Fencing Center)
January 28
TBA
Tennessee or Minnesota
Austin, Texas (Texas Tennis Center)
January 29
7:00 PM
Duke
Durham, N.C. (Cameron Indoor Stadium)

ESPN
February 1
7:00 PM
North Carolina
Notre Dame, Ind.

ACCNE
February 2
4:00 PM
Meyo Invitational
Notre Dame, Ind.
February 2
6:30 PM
Penn State
State College, PA (Pegula Ice Arena)

BTN
February 3
12:00 PM
North Carolina State
Raleigh, N.C. (PNC Arena)

ESPN or ESPN2
February 3
9:45 AM
Meyo Invitational
Notre Dame, Ind.
February 3
12:00 PM
Boston College
Dedham, Mass. (Dedham Health & Athletic Complex)
February 3
1:00 PM
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Notre Dame, Ind. (Rolfs Aquatic Center)
February 3
4:00 PM
Penn State
State College, PA (Pegula Ice Arena)
February 3
All Day
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Notre Dame, Ind. (Castellan Family Fencing Center)
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1:00 PM
Duke
Durham, N.C.

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February 4
12:00 PM
Ohio State
Columbus, Ohio (Varsity Tennis Center)
February 4
All Day
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Notre Dame, Ind. (Castellan Family Fencing Center)
February 6
8:00 PM
Boston College
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

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February 9
11:00 AM
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Tempe, Ariz. (TSC Field 3)
February 9
7:15 PM
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Tempe, Ariz. (TSC Field 4)
February 9
12:00 PM
Iowa State Classic
Ames, Iowa
February 9
2:00 PM
Spire D-1 Invitational
Geneva, Ohio
February 9
3:00 PM
Louisville
Louisville, Ky. (Bass-Rudd Tennis Center)
February 9
7:35 PM
Ohio State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)

NBCSN
February 9
All Day
Florida State Match-Up
Tallahassee, Florida
February 10
4:00 PM
Florida State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ESPN or ESPN2
February 10
1:30 PM
South Dakota
Tempe, Ariz. (TSC Field 4)
February 10
9:30 PM
Arizona State
Tempe, Ariz. (Farrington Stadium)
February 10
10:00 AM
Spire D-1 Invitational
Geneva, Ohio
February 10
10:00 AM
Iowa State Classic
Ames, Iowa
February 10
12:00 PM
Boston College
Notre Dame, Ind. (Loftus Sports Center)
February 10
7:05 PM
Ohio State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
February 10
All Day
Florida State Match-Up
Tallahassee, Florida
February 10
All Day
Duke Duals
Durham, N.C.
February 10
All Day
Ohio State Winter Invitational
Columbus, Ohio
February 11
1:00 PM
Georgia Tech
Notre Dame, Ind.

RSN
February 11
1:30 PM
Fresno State
Tempe, Ariz. (TSC Field 1)
February 11
12:00 PM
Illinois
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)
February 11
12:00 PM
Northwestern
Evanston, Ill. (Combe Tennis Center)
February 11
1:00 PM
Detroit Mercy
Notre Dame, Ind.
February 11
All Day
Ohio State Winter Invitational
Columbus, Ohio
February 11
All Day
Florida State Match-Up
Tallahassee, Florida
February 11
All Day
Duke Duals
Durham, N.C.

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