Third in the Nation

Third in the Nation

NASHVILLE, TENN. - - Belmont University Athletics ranks third in the nation in graduating its student-athletes as the 2015-16 Graduation Success Rate (GSR) Report was released Tuesday by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

Belmont has an overall graduation success rate of 98 percent, which is tied for third among all Division I institutions with only Harvard University and Loyola University Chicago having a higher percentage.  BU had the same GSR as Brown, Colgate, Dartmouth, Notre Dame, Princeton, Stanford, and Yale, among others.  This marks the third straight year that Belmont has finished in the top-20 nationally.

The two-pronged report contained both Federal graduation rates, which are based solely on freshman scholarship student-athletes enrolling between 2006 and 2009, and a Graduation Success Rate (GSR) that takes into account transfers in and out of the institution for the same time period. Both surveys are based on the student-athletes having six years to graduate from the time of their initial enrollment.

10 Belmont programs – baseball, men's basketball, women's basketball, men's cross country/track and field, women's cross country/track and field, women's golf, women's soccer, softball, men's tennis, and women's tennis – not only ranked among the nation's best - and paced the Ohio Valley Conference in GSR within their respective sports - but had perfect scores of 100 for the reported cohort. Belmont Men's Soccer ranked first in the Horizon League with a score of 94. 

Belmont has earned the OVC Institutional Academic Achievement Award, each of the last four years. The school has now claimed a conference academic achievement award 13 of the last 15 academic years, including nine of its 11 years of membership in the Atlantic Sun Conference.

Complete NCAA Graduation Success Rate data for all Division I institutions can be accessed at www.ncaa.org.