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Bentley Student-Athletes Earn Highest Graduation Rate in the Country


Bentley Student-Athletes Earn Highest Graduation Rate in the Country


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Bentley University’s student-athletes have the highest graduation rate in the country at 98 percent along with two other institutions, according to the latest NCAA Division II graduation report. Bentley also received a “Presidents’ Award for Academic Excellence” from the NCAA for having a four-year Academic Success Rate of 90 or better.

The Academic Success Rate is the percentage of student-athletes who graduate within six years of initial enrollment at a college. It includes transfer students and athletes who do not receive athletic scholarships.

Of the more than 300 NCAA Division II colleges and universities, Bentley is one of only 11 to earn the "Presidents' Award for Academic Excellence" all seven years that the award has been given.

"Bentley's best-in-the-country ranking is a direct reflection of the commitment our student-athletes have to their academic success," said Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students Andrew Shepardson. "Our student-athletes are just that – students first and athletes second. They want to play their sport but they want a meaningful college experience now and a meaningful career afterwards-- and they’re committed to that.

This was the third year in a row that Bentley has posted an Academic Success Rate of 98. Of the 19 Bentley sports that were evaluated, 17 had perfect 100 percent scores, including every women's sport.

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About the ranking

The NCAA developed the Division II Academic Success Rate as a more accurate picture of student success than graduation data compiled by the federal government. The Academic Success Rate takes transfer students into account – it does not count students who transfer out in good academic standing as graduation failures. In addition, the rate also measures student-athletes who don’t receive athletically related financial aid, a significant number of Division II athletes.

Read the NCAA announcement about the award


NCAA Division II Academic Success Rate – Top 10
1. Bentley University                                                 98
1. St. Michael's College (Vt.)                                       98
1. Point Loma Nazarene University (Calif.)                 98
4. Seattle Pacific University (Wash.)                           97
4. Stonehill College (Mass.)                                        97
4. University of the Sciences (Pa.)                             97
7. University of Indianapolis (Ind.)                              96
7. Hillsdale College (Mich.)                                        96
9. Thomas Jefferson University (Pa.)                         95
9. Oakland City University (Ind.)                                95


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