COLCHESTER, Vt. - Thanks to being among the nation's elite when it comes to the academic success of its student-athletes, Saint Michael's College was one of 27 institutions that recently earned a Division II Presidents' Award for Academic Excellence. The accolade recognizes athletic departments boasting a four-year Academic Success Rate (ASR) of 90 percent or better, as the College was lauded for the eighth time in as many years that the award has been disbursed.
Saint Michael's graduated 97 percent of its student-athletes during the most recent four-year period for which the NCAA accounted, which tied for second nationally among more than 300 Division II institutions. For the 11th straight four-year cycle, Saint Michael's had at least a 97 percent graduation rate, significantly higher than this year's national average of 73 percent. Fifteen of the College's 21 programs had a 100 percent ASR for this four-year span of student-athletes.
The College was matched by Hillsdale (Mich.) College, Point Loma Nazarene (Calif.) University, Seattle Pacific (Wash.) University and Thomas Jefferson (Pa.) University for No. 2 in Division II, trailing only Northeast-10 Conference counterpart Bentley University (99%). In all, four NE10 institutions were recognized, as the league tied for the Division II lead in number of members qualifying for the accolade, doing no worse than tying for the national lead for the sixth straight year. The Division II Academic Requirements Committee established the Division II Presidents' Award for Academic Excellence in spring 2012 to recognize programs achieving long-term academic success.