Hilltop student-athletes ranked highly in national NCAA report

Hilltop student-athletes ranked highly in national NCAA report

INDIANAPOLIS – The strong academic achievements of Saint Anselm College student-athletes were reflected in recently-released data from the NCAA.

As an institution, Saint Anselm posted a 90% academic success rate (ASR) among student-athletes entering the College from 2009-13 to rank 38th out of more than 300 NCAA Division II athletics programs. Furthermore, the Hawks collectively posted a federal graduation rate (FGR) that is ranked 28th nationally.

The ASR, developed 16 years ago, is a metric that measures the graduation rate of student-athletes, regardless of athletic scholarship, who enrolled from 2010 through 2013, the four years covered in the most recent data.

"The strong academic achievement of our student-athletes is a credit to their own hard work along with the collaborative support of our coaches, faculty, and staff," said Dr. David Guerra, a Professor of Physics at the College who also serves the community as its Faculty Athletics Representative.

Among NE10 colleges and universities, Saint Anselm ranked sixth with a federal graduation rate of 75% and seventh with an academic success rate of 90%. As a conference, the Northeast-10 saw 89% of its student-athletes graduate in the 2009-13 cohort, the best rate among all NCAA Division II conferences.

Saint Anselm tied for the NE10 lead with a three-percent jump in ASR from the previous cohort (2008-12) and reached 90% for just the fourth time in College history.

The Hawks men's golf team posted a 100% FGR and ASR, leading all programs on the Hilltop. The field hockey, women's lacrosse and softball programs all featured an ASR of 100% in the most recent cohort and 11 sports teams on the Hilltop boast an ASR at or above 92%. The field hockey team has posted a perfect 100% ASR since its varsity inception in 2001.