NASHVILLE, TENN. - - Belmont University student-athletes received high marks in the 2011 Graduation Success Rate (GSR) Report released Tuesday by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).
Annually among the national standard bearers in the NCAA’s Academic Progress Rate (APR) report – which measures eligibility and retention – Belmont University also ranks among the nation’s best in Graduation Success Rate (GSR).
The two-pronged report contained both Federal graduation rates, which are based solely on freshman scholarship student-athletes enrolling between 2001 and 2004, 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.
Five Belmont programs – men’s basketball, men’s soccer, men’s tennis, women’s golf and women’s tennis – not only ranked among the nation’s best and paced the Atlantic Sun Conference in GSR within their respective sports, but had perfect scores of 100 for the reported cohort. Belmont Baseball also ranked first in the conference in GSR, with a score of 90.
Moreover, when compared to the GSR averages by sport for all NCAA Division I institutions, the figures become even more impressive:
- Men’s Basketball: +34%
- Men’s Soccer: +21%
- Baseball: +18%
- Men’s Tennis: +14%
- Women’s Golf: +12%
- Women’s Tennis: +11%
- Women’s Basketball: +9%
- Women’s Cross Country & Track: +8%
- Women’s Volleyball: +5%
Belmont student-athletes once again outperformed the general Belmont student population, this time by eight percentage points (75%-67%).
Collectively, Belmont student-athletes received a 91 percent graduation success rate.
Belmont University has earned the Atlantic Sun Conference Academic Trophy – extended to the member institution with the greatest percentage of student-athletes maintaining a grade-point average of 3.0 or higher in the classroom during their semester of competition – eight times in its 10-year conference history.
Complete NCAA Graduation Success Rate data for all Division I institutions can be accessed at www.ncaa.org.