UW Athletic Grad Rates Above NCAA Average

Sept. 26, 2002

Seattle - The graduation rates for Washington student-athletes are above the average for other Division I institutions according to the 2002 NCAA Graduation-Rates Report. This year's NCAA report shows that 60 percent of all student-athletes who entered Division I colleges and universities in 1995-96 graduated within six years, the measure used by the Department of Education for graduation success. Washington's graduation rate for that period is 67 percent.

Since the NCAA began its Graduation-Rates Report, starting with the class that entered in 1986-87, the 407 Husky student-athletes who have exhausted their eligibility have graduated at a rate of 90 percent.

The 2002 report marked the first time that Division I student-athletes as a whole reached the 60-percent plateau.

'We have seen our graduation rates improve steadily over the past decade and we expect to see that trend continue,' says Washington athletic director Barbara Hedges. 'To have 90 percent of our student-athletes who exhaust their eligibility leave with a degree from the University of Washington is very impressive. That shows both tremendous commitment on their behalf and a strong support system to assistant them as they pursue their academic goals.'

Washington's male student athletes included in the report graduated at 55 percent, two percent higher than the Division I average for 324 schools. Husky female student-athletes graduated at 85 percent, 16 percent higher than the average for other Division I schools.

The graduation rate for Washington's football class that entered in 1995-96 was 64 percent. The average for Division I-A football institutions was 53 percent.

The graduation rate for men's basketball players at UW was 50 percent while the women's team's rate was 80 percent.

The graduation rates for this year's report include 67 student-athletes (40 male, 27 female) who enrolled at Washington in 1995. Only student-athletes who receive athletics aid are included in the report.

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