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Naval Academy Tied For Eighth In The Country For Graduating Student-Athletes

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The Brigade of Midshipmen

Oct. 25, 2012

For the eighth year in a row, the United States Naval Academy is one of the top schools in the country for graduating NCAA student-athletes.   

Navy’s graduation success rate of 93 percent is well above the national average of 80 percent (which includes all Division I schools), is tied for eighth among all schools in the Football Bowl Subdivision and is the best among the three Service Academies. The graduation success rate measures those student-athletes that were enrolled from 2002-05 and graduated within six years.  

Navy graduated 100 percent of its student-athletes in four of the 21 NCAA sports reported on (gymnastics, men’s tennis, women’s cross country/track and women’s lacrosse) and was above the national average in all 21 sports.

The men’s cross country/track team had a graduation rate 20 percent higher than the national average in their sport, while the football team graduated at a 19 percent rate higher than the national average compared to other FBS schools.  Other top teams compared to their counterparts were baseball (16 percent), rifle (15 percent), women’s cross country/track (14 percent), men’s tennis (13 percent), men’s gymnastics (12 percent), men’s swimming (12 percent) and golf (11 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)
1.    Notre Dame-99%
2.    Duke-98%
3.    Boston College-97%
      Northwestern-97%
5.  Stanford-96%
6.   Rice-95%
      Wake Forest-95%
8.    Navy-93%
    Miami (Fla.)-93%
10. Vanderbilt-91%
       Miami (Ohio)-91%