Graduation Success Rate reflects Cardinal academic success

STANFORD, Calif. - Stanford Athletics registered an overall graduation rate of 96 percent in the latest Graduation Success Rate, with 20 programs earning a 100 percent graduation rate.

Both the Graduation Success Rate and Federal Graduation Rates are based upon classes from 2009-12 and reflect the percentage of student-athletes earning a degree within six years. The NCAA developed the Graduation Success Rate to account for transfer student-athletes, mid-year enrollees and others not tracked by the Federal Graduation Rates. Stanford student-athletes have a Federal Graduation Rates four-class average of 94 percent.

The 11 women’s programs achieving perfect Graduation Success Rate scores: basketball,
cross country/track and field, fencing, field hockey, golf, gymnastics, rowing, soccer, tennis, volleyball, and water polo.

On the men’s side, nine programs were assigned perfect Graduation Success Rate scores: baseball, basketball, fencing, golf, gymnastics, swimming and diving, tennis, volleyball, and water polo.

Programs to check in at 90 percent or higher: women’s swimming and diving (96), softball (94), wrestling (94), lacrosse (93), and football (91).

Stanford continued to enhance its reputation as the nation’s leader in combining academics and athletics in 2018-19, as the Cardinal captured its 25th consecutive Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup, presented to the most successful intercollegiate athletic department in the country. Stanford, which sponsors 36 varsity sports, has won at least one NCAA team title in each of the past 43 academic years, the longest streak in NCAA history.

Stanford claimed five national team championships during the past academic year, increasing its overall total to 149, including 123 NCAA titles. Recent NCAA crowns came in men’s golf, men’s gymnastics, women’s swimming and diving, women’s tennis, women’s volleyball, and women’s water polo. Stanford also won the IRA national title in women’s lightweight rowing for the fifth consecutive year.

The Graduation Success Rate is the NCAA’s more comprehensive calculation of student-athlete academic success. Unlike the federally mandated methodology, the NCAA rate includes incoming transfer students who graduate as well as and students enrolling in the spring semester who receive athletic aid and graduate. The Graduation Success Rate excludes from the calculation student-athletes who leave an institution who are academically eligible to compete such as transfer students.

The less-inclusive Federal Graduation Rates is limited to individuals in the cohort who entered their freshmen year on athletic aid while also counting any individuals in the cohort that leave the institution as a non-graduate (including transfer students who may graduate elsewhere).


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