Owls Again Post Stellar NCAA Graduation Rates



Oct. 29, 2013

Rice University student-athletes continue to be among the national leaders in the NCAA's Graduation Success Rate studies, according to the latest set of figures released by the organization on Thursday.

(2003-06 Freshmen Classes)
All Student-Athletes
School Pct.
Notre Dame 99%
Duke 98%
Stanford 97%
Northwestern 97%
Boston College 96%
Rice 94%
African-American Student-Athletes
Notre Dame 96%
Rice 95%
Duke 95%
Northwestern 92%
Women Student-Athletes
Notre Dame 100%
Duke 99%
Wake Forest 99%
Stanford 98%
Northwestern 98%
Boston College 98%
Vanderbilt 98%
Rice 97%
Virginia Tech 97%
Football (National)
Northwestern 97%
Rice 96%
Boston College 94%
Notre Dame 94%
Air Force 93%
Football (Texas)
Rice 96%
TCU 85%
SMU 75%
Texas A&M 74%
Texas Tech 72%
Baylor 67%
UTEP 66%
North Texas 65%
Texas State 64%
Houston 57%
Texas 56%
Football (C-USA)
Rice 96%
UCF 83%
Tulane 82%
SMU 75%
Tulsa 75%
Memphis 74%
Southern Miss 71%
East Carolina 66%
Marshall 66%
UTEP 66%
UAB 60%
Houston 57%

The Owls ranked sixth overall among all schools who compete in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), having graduated 94 percent of all student-athletes who enrolled as freshmen from 2003-04 through 2006-07. Rice ranked second with a 95 percent graduation rate among its African-American student-athletes, while Rice's football team was ranked second among all football teams, with a graduation rate of 96 percent over the same period. Rice's female student-athletes ranked eighth in the country with a 97 percent graduation rate.

Rice led the way among Texas FBS schools, posting a GSR six points higher than TCU. The Owls had a seven percentage point lead over second-place Tulane among Conference USA schools. Former C-USA member UCF posted an 83 percent ranking.

The overall national Graduation Success Rate for student-athletes who began college in 2006 is 82 percent. While this rate matches the GSR for the past two years and continues to be the highest ever in Division I, it has risen nine points in 12 years of GSR collection.

This year marks the 12th year of GSR data that have been collected. The NCAA began collecting GSR data with the entering freshman class of 1995. The latest entering class for which data are available is 2006.

The Graduation Success Rate was developed by the NCAA as part of its academic reform initiative to more accurately measure the academic success of Division I student-athletes by better accounting for the many different academic paths followed by today's college students. Unlike the federal graduation rate, the GSR holds institutions accountable for transfer students. The GSR also accounts for midyear enrollees and is calculated for every sport.

By counting incoming transfer students and midyear enrollees, the GSR increases the total number of student-athletes tracked for graduation by more than 10 percent. Under the GSR calculation, institutions are not penalized for outgoing transfer students who leave in good academic standing. These outgoing transfers are essentially passed to the receiving institution's GSR cohort.

Rice ranked fifth overall in the federal graduation rate for all student-athletes (84%), while Rice's overall student body was ranked sixth (92%). Rice's female student-athletes rank third in the nation with a federal rate of 91 percent. The Owls again posted the highest federal rate among African-American students (91%), while the football team was ranked second (89%).