December 13, 2013

Merrimack Athletics among Top Schools Nationwide in Academic Success Rate

Merrimack Athletics among Top Schools Nationwide in Division II Academic Success Rate

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – Following one of the most successful fall seasons in recent memory, the Merrimack College Athletic Department received more tremendous news this week when the NCAA released the latest Division II graduation data, including the division’s Academic Success Rate (ASR), which reflected well for the Warriors.

Merrimack – and the Northeast-10 Conference, as a whole – posted impressive results, as eight NE-10 members achieved a department academic success rate of at least 90 percent - among the top-30 schools nationwide - and three that achieved a score of 95 percent or better. Merrimack’s ASR of 90 percent ranked 26th nationally.

The ASR calculates the percentage of student-athletes that earn a degree within six years of their initial matriculation in college. Seventy-six different Northeast-10 teams achieved a perfect academic success rate of 100 for their entering classes of 2006.  Seven different schools had at least five teams receive a perfect score.

A searchable database for ASR information and federal reports for all NCAA Division II institutions is available by clicking here.

The national four-year ASR average decreased one point overall to 71 percent, while the entering class of 2006 dropped three points to 69 percent from 2005.

Even when utilizing the less-inclusive federal rate, Division II student-athletes perform significantly better than the general student body. The federal rate for Division II student-athletes in the 2006 entering class decreased by one point to 54 percent, while the general student body held steady at 48 percent.

This is the eighth year the NCAA has released the Division ASR. The NCAA developed the Division II ASR at the request of college and university presidents who believed the federal graduation rate was flawed. Division II's ASR data is similar to the Division I Graduation Success Rate as it takes transfer students in account. Given the partial-scholarship financial aid model of Division II, however, ASR also includes student-athletes not on athletically related financial aid. The result is that ASR captures more than 35,000 non-scholarship student-athletes.

NCAA Division II Academic Success Rate - Top 30 Nationwide
1. Simon Fraser University - 100
2. Davis and Elkins - 99
William Jewell College - 99 
4. Saint Michael’s College - 98 
5. Stonehill College - 97 
6. Point Loma Nazarene University - 96
6. University of the Sciences in Philadelphia - 96
8. Bentley University - 95 
9. Regis University - 94
9. Rollins College - 94
9. University of Puerto Rico, Bayamon - 94 
12. Assumption College - 93 
12. Daemen College - 93
12. Maryville University of Saint Louis - 93
12. University of California, San Diego - 93
16. Christian Brothers University - 92
16. Hillsdale College - 92
16. Lubbock Christian University - 92
16. Nova Southeastern University - 92
16. Rockhurst University - 92
16. Seattle Pacific University - 92
16. Saint Edward’s University - 92 
23. Adelphi University - 91 
23. Concordia (N.Y.) College - 91 
23. Saint Anselm College - 91 
26. Cedarville University - 90
26. Eckerd College - 90 
26. Merrimack College - 90 
26. Philadelphia University 90 
26. University of New Haven - 90

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