Owls Continue to Set the Pace in NCAA Graduation Success Rate

Oct. 28, 2014 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 today.

(2004-07 Freshmen Classes)
All Student-Athletes
School Pct.
Notre Dame 99%
Stanford 98%
Duke 97%
Northwestern 96%
Boston College 95%
Central Florida 95%
Wake Forest 94%
Rice 92%
African-American Student-Athletes
Duke 96%
Notre Dame 96%
Stanford 95%
Rice 93%
Women Student-Athletes
Notre Dame 100%
Duke 99%
Rice 98%
Northwestern 98%
Vanderbilt 98%
Boston College 98%
Wake Forest 98%
Central Florida 98%
Stanford 97%
Football (National)
Stanford 97%
Northwestern 97%
Rice 95%
Notre Dame 94%
Air Force 93%
Football (Texas)
Rice 95%
TCU 83%
Texas A&M 74%
SMU 73%
Baylor 72%
Texas Tech 71%
North Texas 68%
UTEP 65%
Texas State 64%
Texas 61%
Houston 57%
Football (C-USA)
Rice 95%
Middle Tennessee 87%
Louisiana Tech 77%
Western Kentucky 73%
North Texas 68%
Old Dominion 69%
Southern Miss 67%
UTEP 65%
Marshall 63%
UAB 61%
FAU 61%
FIU 51%

The Owls ranked eighth overall among all schools who compete in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), having graduated 92 percent of all student-athletes who enrolled as freshmen from 2004-05 through 2007-08. Rice ranked fourth with a 93 percent graduation rate among its African-American student-athletes, while Rice's football team was ranked third among all football teams, with a graduation rate of 95 percent over the same period. Rice's female student-athletes ranked third in the country with a 98 percent graduation rate.

Rice led the way among Texas FBS schools, posting a GSR 12 points higher than TCU. The Owls had a similar percentage point lead over second-place Middle Tennessee among Conference USA schools.

The overall national Graduation Success Rate for student-athletes who began college in 2006 is 84 percent which represented an overall two percent rise across the country, and is the highest in the 13 years of the rankings. In those 13 years, the combined GSR has risen 11 points.

This year marks the 13th 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 2007.

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 (82%), 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 92 percent. The Owls posted the 2nd highest federal rate among African-American students (88%), while the football team was ranked third (87%).





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