Navy reports Top 10 national graduation rate

October 24, 2013 | WNST Staff

Naval Academy One Of 14 FBS Schools That Graduate At Least 90 Percent Of Its Student-Athletes


ANNAPOLIS, Md.-For the ninth 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 90 percent is well above the national average of 80 percent (which includes all Division I schools) and is tied for 10th among all schools in the Football Bowl Subdivision. The graduation success rate measures those student-athletes that were enrolled from 2003-06 and graduated within six years.

Navy graduated 100 percent of its student-athletes in five of the 21 NCAA sports reported on and was at or above the national average in all 21 sports.   The sports with 100 percent graduation rates include men’s gymnastics, men’s tennis, women’s lacrosse, women’s rowing and women’s tennis.

The men’s cross country/track team had a graduation rate 20 percent higher than the national average in their sport, while the men’s tennis team graduated at a 15 percent rate higher than the national average.  Other top teams compared to their counterparts were football (14 percent higher), baseball (13 percent higher), rifle (12 percent higher), women’s cross country/track (11 percent higher) and men’s basketball (10 percent higher).

“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. Stanford-97%

4. Northwestern-97%

5. Boston College-96%

6. Wake Forest-94%

7. Rice-94%

8. Miami (Fla)-92%

9. Vanderbilt-91%

      10. Navy-90%

Air Force-90%



Virginia Tech-90%