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NCAA Division I and II Graduation Success Rate and Academic Success Rate, 1995-2003 [United States] (ICPSR 30022) RSS

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This study includes the federal graduation rate for all NCAA member institutions who participated in Division I or Division II sports from 1995 through 2003. It also describes the Graduation Success Rate (GSR) for all Division I institutions and the Academic Success Rate (ASR) of all Division II institutions over the same period.

At their core, all three measures are based on a comparison of the number of students who entered a college or university in a given year and the number of those who graduated within six years of their initial enrollment, though each measure has a slightly different cohort definition. Federal graduation rates are based on the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System Graduation Rates (IPEDS-GRS) which is defined as a six-year proportion of those student-athletes who graduated versus those who entered an institution on institutional aid. Federal graduation rates are included for both an institution's student-athletes and its general student body. In addition to the student-athlete data in the graduation-rates data, the Division I Graduation Success Rate (GSR) accounts for student-athletes who transfer into an institution while discounting student-athletes who separate from the institution and would have been academically eligible to compete had they returned. The definition of the Division II Academic Success Rate (ASR) cohort is identical to that of the GSR with the exception that it also includes freshmen who did not receive athletics aid, but did participate in athletics.

Access Notes

  • These data are freely available.


DS0:  Study-Level Files
DS1:  Division I National Aggregation Overall - Download All Files (820 KB)
DS2:  Division I National Aggregation Student-Athletes - Download All Files (727 KB)
DS3:  Division I National Aggregation Student Body - Download All Files (418 KB)
DS4:  Division I School Student-Athletes and Student Body - Download All Files (2,597 KB)
DS5:  Division I Squad Level Graduation Success Rate - Download All Files (4,038 KB)
DS6:  Division II National Aggregation Overall - Download All Files (612 KB)
DS7:  Division II National Aggregation Student-Athletes - Download All Files (668 KB)
DS8:  Division II National Aggregation Student Body - Download All Files (417 KB)
DS9:  Division II School Student-Athletes and Student Body - Download All Files (2,127 KB)
DS10:  Division II Squad Level Academic Success Rate - Download All Files (2,680 KB)

Study Description


Paskus, Thomas. NCAA Division I and II Graduation Success Rate and Academic Success Rate, 1995-2003 [United States]. ICPSR30022-v2. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2012-04-10. doi:10.3886/ICPSR30022.v2

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   colleges, eligibility, graduates, graduation, scholarships, sports participation, student athletes, student retention, universities

Geographic Coverage:   United States

Time Period:  

  • 1995--2003

Date of Collection:  

  • 1995--2003

Unit of Observation:   student-athletes team, NCAA member institution

Universe:   Population of student-athletes and NCAA member institutions who participated in Division I or Division II athletics from 1995-2003.

Data Types:   administrative records data


Mode of Data Collection:   record abstracts

Presence of Common Scales:  

federal graduation rate

graduation success rate

academic success rate

Extent of Processing:  ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Created variable labels and/or value labels.
  • Created online analysis version with question text.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


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Version History:

  • 2012-04-10 Titles on certain setup files and on certain pages in the codebooks were out of date and have been corrected.
  • 2012-03-21 Data for the year 2003 has been added to each data file.

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