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HANOVER, N.H. — The NCAA has released its annual student-athlete graduation rate survey, and Dartmouth College once again has been shown to lead the nation in Graduation Success Rate (GSR). With a GSR of 99 percent for student-athletes who began college in 2007, Dartmouth led Division I institutions for a third straight year. Tying for the top spot this year were College of the Holy Cross and the University of Notre Dame.

“Dartmouth student-athletes strive for success in every aspect of their lives and our institution is so proud of their consistent academic achievement,” said Dartmouth Director of Athletics and Recreation Harry Sheehy. “Our faculty, deans, campus colleagues and Dartmouth Peak Performance staff all play a role in our student-athletes’ development. Measures like this are a wonderful example of the comprehensive excellence we expect from everyone associated with Dartmouth Athletics.”
The Ivy League also topped the survey for a fourth-straight year, with six of the eight schools among the top 10 and all in the top 25.
This marks the fourth consecutive year that the Ivy League has been included in the GSR data, as the NCAA did not collect graduation rate data for student-athletes who were not receiving athletically-related aid until 2004.
The most recent one-year GSR for the 2006 class is 84 percent, the highest rate ever. Since the NCAA first began tracking the GSR with student-athletes who entered college in 1995, the rate has increased 10 percentage points.
The NCAA’s Graduation Success Rate includes transfer students and student-athletes who leave in good academic standing. The GSR measures graduation over six years from first-time college enrollment.
Each spring, the NCAA also releases a separate set of data, the Academic Progress Rate (APR), which measures both academic performance and retention. Each athletic program receives an APR score, with teams falling under a certain threshold subject to penalties such as loss of scholarships and postseason bans. The top 10 percent in each sport receive APR Public Recognition Awards from the NCAA. Last June, Dartmouth had more programs honored than any other school in Division I for a third-consecutive year with 26 teams recognized. All of Dartmouth’s programs easily met the NCAA minimum standard as well.