The Naval Academy is one of 14 schools that play FBS football that graduate at least 90% of all of its student athletes according to data released today by the NCAA. The graduation success rate measures those student-athletes that were enrolled from 2005-08 and graduated within six years.
Navy graduated 100 percent of its student-athletes in four of the 21 NCAA sports reported on and was at or above the national average in 19 of the 21 sports. The sports with 100 percent graduation rates include men’s golf, men’s gymnastics, women’s lacrosse and women’s tennis.
The men’s cross country/track team had a graduation rate 18 percent higher than the national average in their sport, while the golf and men’s basketball teams graduated at a 16 percent rate higher than the national average. Other top teams compared to their counterparts were baseball (13 percent), men’s soccer (12 percent), women’s cross country/track (11 percent), men’s gymnastics (10 percent), women’s basketball (eight percent), and football, men’s swimming, men’s lacrosse and women’s tennis (seven percent).
“Our student-athletes continually strive to set the standard on the playing fields, in the classroom and in Bancroft Hall,” said Naval Academy Director of Athletics Chet Gladchuk. “The support and encouragement they receive through the Commandant and his staff and the academic dean and all of our outstanding professors and instructors is extraordinary and provides tremendous motivation to be successful morally, mentally and physically. Our midshipmen clearly define the true meaning of student-athlete.”
Top 10 Graduation Rates (All Sports/FBS Schools Only)