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 third time in as many years that the award has been disbursed.
Saint Michael's graduated 98 percent of its student-athletes during the most recent four-year period for which the NCAA accounted, which was good for fourth among 315 Division II institutions. For the fifth straight four-year cycle, Saint Michael's had at least a 98-percent graduation rate, significantly higher than the national average of 71 percent. The data shows that 16 of the College's 21 programs had a 100-percent ASR for this four-year span of student-athletes.
The College was among eight Northeast-10 Conference institutions recognized, as the league led Division II in number of members qualifying for the accolade. The Division II Academic Requirements Committee established the Division II Presidents' Award for Academic Excellence in 2012 to recognize programs achieving long-term academic success.