Colgate student-athletes for the sixth consecutive year posted a 98-percent Graduation Success Rate, according to NCAA figures released Wednesday.
Colgate’s 98 percent rate stands as the second-highest nationally among Division I institutions and was even with the likes of Princeton and Notre Dame. Colgate ranked above Pennsylvania, Stanford, Northwestern and Duke at 97 percent, and Cornell and Vanderbilt at 96 percent.
“I want to congratulate the student-athletes who made this ranking possible,” said President Brian W. Casey. “Even as they dedicate themselves to the highest level of competition, they know that the ultimate goal is graduation. This is the nature of the Colgate Division I experience.”
Colgate recorded perfect 100-percent GSR scores from 23 of its 24 NCAA-sponsored teams.
“I am so proud of our student-athletes, coaches, and nationally renowned faculty,” said Colgate Vice President and Director of Athletics Victoria M. Chun ’91, MA’94. “This news is a clear testament to the fact that academic excellence is vital to our athletics DNA.”
The Division I Board of Directors created the GSR in response to Division I college and university presidents who wanted data that more accurately reflected the mobility of college students than the federal graduation rate. The GSR formula removes from the rate student-athletes who leave school while academically eligible and includes student-athletes who transfer to a school after initially enrolling elsewhere. This calculation makes it a more complete and accurate look at student-athlete success.