The Nashville City Paper notes the accomplishment of Belmont University in winning the Atlantic Sun Conference’s All-Academic Trophy for an unprecedented third year in a row. The story notes that Belmont has, for the third year in a row, also set a new conference record for the percentage of student-athletes with a GPA of 3.0 or better. You can read the university press release here.
Winning the A-Sun’s All-Academic trophy is just the latest feather in the cap for Belmont’s athletic programs, which boasts the second-highest graduation rate of any Division 1 NCAA program in Tennessee.
The NCAA tracks graduation rates for its member schools, counting the percentage of student-athletes who graduate within six years. For all NCAA Div. 1 schools, the 2003 graduation rate was 62 percent – that means 62 percent of the freshman class that started school in the fall of 1996 graduated by 2003. Belmont’s 2003 graduation rate for student athletes, also 62 percent, was the second highest among all Tennessee colleges and universities in Division 1, according to the NCAA’s 2003 report, available here
Graduation rates, 2003, Tennessee Division 1 schools: