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Miami student-athletes' graduation rates far above national average

11/18/2009

The graduation success of Miami University's student-athletes continues its recent trend of excellence -- at a rate of 82 percent -- placing well above the national rate, according to the latest Federal Graduation Rates (FGR) report.

The recent FGR figures show that 82 percent of Miami's student-athletes who began college in 2002-03 graduated within the six years permitted by the formula. That is 18 percent better than the national student-athlete graduation rate of 64 percent. It is also the second highest graduation rate among Division I public universities, and the highest in Ohio. Only student-athletes receiving athletics aid are included in the NCAA's reports.

"With our teams having claimed a school-record seven championships last season, the defense of our second-consecutive Jacoby All-Sports championship and our ice hockey team being ranked No. 1 in the nation for the past seven weeks, the report of this graduation success underscores the objectives that we set out to achieve toward a Culture of Champions," said Director of Athletics Brad Bates. "We are very proud that Miami University's student-athletes excel at a consistently high level both athletically and intellectually."

The Graduation Success Rate (GSR) for Miami University is even more impressive at 88 percent. The GSR takes into account students who transferred into the institution and have left the school in good academic standing.

A six-year history of Miami University's graduate success rate shows that the general student body has remained steady at 81 percent for that period, one percent lower than Miami's student-athletes. Miami's entire student body ranks among the upper echelon of the nation's public institutions of higher learning.

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