HANOVER, N.H. — The NCAA released its annual student-athlete graduation success report this afternoon, and Dartmouth College was tied for first in the nation with a 99 percent Graduation Success Rate (GSR) for student-athletes who began their college careers in 2010. Dartmouth has been ranked in the top three slots for each of the last seven years, earning the top spot nationally five of the past six.
Dartmouth had 18 out of 24 NCAA-sponsored teams with a perfect 100 percent GSR, as well as four out of five non-NCAA-sponsored teams also achieving a perfect score.
The Ivy League had a strong showing overall with all eight schools in the top 25 and four in the top seven.
The GSR, which measures graduation over six years from first-time college enrollment, includes transfer students and student-athletes who leave in good academic standing.
In addition to the GSR, the NCAA also releases another set of data, the Academic Progress Rate (APR), to measure the academic performance and retention of each team. Athletic programs that score in the top 10 percent of their sports are honored with APR Public Recognition Awards. For those programs that do not meet the threshold, they are subject to penalties such as postseason bans and loss of scholarships.
Last spring, Dartmouth College was ranked in the top 10 percent in 19 NCAA-sponsored sports and led the nation with the most teams honored with the APR Award. With the 2017 APR release came the 12th year to feature public commendations. Dartmouth has been in the top three nationally for each of those dozen years, finishing first or second for nine times in the past 11. Big Green teams rank first all-time with 272 public commendations over that time frame and have seven teams who have been honored every year.