NASHVILLE, Tenn. - - Belmont University Athletics ranks 16th in the nation in graduating its student-athletes as the 2017-18 Graduation Success Rate (GSR) Report was released Wednesday by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).
Belmont has an overall graduation success rate of 97 percent, which is tied for 16th among all Division I institutions. BU had the same GSR rate as Colgate, Creighton, Davidson, Fairfield, Georgetown, Manhattan, Penn, Portland, Samford, Stanford, Vanderbilt, and Wofford. This marks the fifth straight year that Belmont has finished in the top-20 nationally. Harvard University led all Division I schools with a GSR rate of 100.
The two-pronged report contained both Federal graduation rates, which are based solely on freshman scholarship student-athletes enrolling between 2008 and 2011, 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.
Nine Belmont programs – baseball, men's basketball, women's basketball, and men'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 has earned the OVC Institutional Academic Achievement Award, each of the last six years. The school has now claimed a conference academic achievement award 15 of the last 17 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.