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NCAA Division I and II Graduation Success Rate and Academic Success Rate, 1995-2008 Cohorts [United States] (ICPSR 30022)

Published: Nov 5, 2015

Principal Investigator(s):
Thomas Paskus, National Collegiate Athletic Association


Version V4

This study includes the federal graduation rate for all NCAA member institutions who participated in Division I or Division II sports. It also describes the Graduation Success Rate (GSR) for all Division I institutions and the Academic Success Rate (ASR) of all Division II institutions. The rates included in this study are based on championship sport student-athletes who first began their full-time postsecondary education in academic years 1995-96 through 2008-09.

Each cohort was tracked for 6 years for college completion. For example, the graduation status for the latest cohort (2008-09 cohort) was tracked through the spring of 2014. 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.

Paskus, Thomas. NCAA Division I and II Graduation Success Rate and Academic Success Rate, 1995-2008 Cohorts [United States]. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2015-11-05. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR30022.v4

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1995 -- 2008

2002 -- 2015

Population of student-athletes and NCAA member institutions who participated in Division I or Division II athletics from 1995-2008.

NCAA member institution

student-athletes team

administrative records data

federal graduation rate

graduation success rate

academic success rate



2015-11-05 Data for the 2008 cohort has been added to update each of the ten files. New codebooks have been added for each of the ten files as well. The previous data documentation guide is being removed.

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.

2011-01-07 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.


  • The public-use data files in this collection are available for access by the general public. Access does not require affiliation with an ICPSR member institution.

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