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Triton Scholar-Athletes Continue To Lead National Graduation Rates

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LA JOLLA, Calif. – For the second straight year, a recently released NCAA report revealed that scholarship scholar-athletes at the University of California San Diego graduate at the highest rate among Division II programs in the country.

The 4-year class average, beginning with the cohort entering as freshmen Triton scholar-athletes in 2012-13, posted a 91 percent federal graduation rate, which has held steady for UC San Diego in each of the last five years. Bentley University is the only other Division II institution posting a federal rate for its student-athletes exceeding 90 percent.

Only five Division I institutions posted a federal graduation rate higher than UC San Diego: Princeton University (98 percent), University of Pennsylvania (95), Stanford University (94), Davidson College (93) and University of Notre Dame (92). UC San Diego will begin its highly-anticipated transition to full Division I status in July.

The NCAA also calculates a Division II Academic Success Rate, which, unlike the federal calculations, takes into consideration incoming transfer student-athletes, those who leave school while academically eligible and non-scholarship student-athletes. UC San Diego registered a 93 percent ASR with five of its intercollegiate athletic teams posting a perfect 100 percent during the same 4-year time period.

The student-athlete federal graduation rate is the proportion of first-year, full-time scholar-athletes who entered an institution on athletics aid and graduate from that institution within six years. The federal rate does not account for students who transfer from their original institution and graduate elsewhere; they are considered non-graduates at both the college they left and the one from which they eventually graduate.

The overall national federal graduate rate for NCAA Division II student-athletes is at 61 percent, a four percent increase over the previous year – the division’s highest single-year increase. The Division II ASR remains at 73 percent.

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With 30 national team championships, nearly 150 individual titles and the top student-athlete graduation rate among Division II institutions in the United States, the UC San Diego intercollegiate athletics program annually ranks as one of the most successful in the country. The Tritons sponsor 23 intercollegiate sport programs that compete on the NCAA Division I and II levels and, beginning in summer 2020, will begin a full Division I and Big West Conference schedule and a 4-year reclassification period to Division I status. UC San Diego student-athletes exemplify the academic ideals of one of the world's preeminent institutions, graduating at an average rate of 91 percent - the highest rate among NCAA Division II institutions for the second straight year. A total of 80 Tritons have earned Academic All-America honors, while 36 have earned prestigious NCAA Post Graduate Scholarships. In competition, nearly 1,400 UC San Diego student-athletes have earned All-America honors.

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