GRAND FORKS, N.D. – The University of North Dakota graduates its student-athletes at a significantly higher rate than the national average, according to data released today by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).
North Dakota had a graduation rate of 70 percent, five points higher than the Division I national average and eight points higher than the Football Championship Subdivision average. The numbers include student-athletes who enrolled in school in 2006 and earned their degrees. UND’s student-athletes also graduate at a significantly higher rate than that of the remainder of UND’s student population, which was 53 percent.
UND’s student-athlete Graduation Success Rate (GSR) during that time period was 80 percent. The difference between graduation rate and Graduation Success Rate is explained below.
The NCAA Graduation Rates Report provides information about two groups of students at the college or university: (1) all undergraduate students who were enrolled in a full-time program of studies for a degree and (2) student-athletes who received athletics aid from the college or university for any period of time during their entering year.
A graduation rate (percent) is based on a comparison of the number (N) of students who entered a college or university and the number of those who graduated within six years. For example, if 100 students entered and 60 graduated within six years, the graduation rate is 60 percent. It is important to note that graduation rates are affected by a number of factors: some students may work part-time and need more than six years to graduate, some may leave school for a year or two to work or travel, some may transfer to another college or university or some may be dismissed for academic deficiencies.
Two different measures of graduation rates are presented in this report: (1) freshman-cohort rate and (2) Graduation Success Rate (GSR). The freshman-cohort rate indicates the percentage of freshmen who entered during a given academic year and graduated within six years. The GSR adds to the first-time freshmen, those students who entered midyear, as well as student-athletes who transferred into an institution and received athletics aid. In addition, the GSR will subtract students from the entering cohort who are considered allowable exclusions (i.e., those who either die or become permanently disabled, those who leave the school to join the
armed forces, foreign services or attend a church mission), as well as those who left the institution prior to graduation, had athletics eligibility remaining and would have been academically eligible to compete had they returned to the institution.
GSR and Federal Graduation Rate (please click on links below):