Once again, Hillsdale College was ranked among the very best NCAA Division II institutions for its Academic Success Rate in the time frame from 2010-17.
Hillsdale earned an Academic Success Rating (ASR) of 96, tied for third-best in all of Division II. The Academic Success Rate is the percentage of student-athletes who graduate within six years of initial collegiate enrollment and includes virtually all Division II student-athletes, including transfers and those not receiving athletics scholarships. The Chargers' number of 96 is tied with the University of Indianapolis for third-best, ranking behind Bentley, St. Michael's and Point Loma Nazarene (98), and Seattle Pacific, Stonehill and the University of the Sciences, who all scored a 97.
The score of 96 is even more significant when Hillsdale's highly rated academic rigor is taken into account. Hillsdale's academic rating typically falls in the 90s, which ranks it in the middle of Ivy League institutions in terms of academic difficulty.
Fellow Great Midwest Athletic Conference schools Cedarville (93) and Findlay (91) also made the NCAA's list of schools with ASR scores of 90 or better. No GLIAC institution made the list.
In the most recent ASR report, a total of four sports earned a perfect score of 100: women's tennis, softball, volleyball and women's basketball. The sport with the biggest improvement from its national ASR score is women's basketball. The federal ASR score in that sport is 69, while Hillsdale improved upon that score by 31 points. The next-lowest federal ASR score is football at 73, while Hillsdale's football score was 19 points higher at 92.
"Division II operates with a 'Life in the Balance' approach, emphasizing learning, growth and development through academics, athletics, community engagement, and post-graduation success," said Glen Jones, president of Henderson State and chair of the Division II Presidents Council. "Academics is a key component of this balance, and I am proud of the commitment our schools have made to this philosophy and the magnificent achievements of our student-athletes."
The Division II ASR captures about 48 percent more student-athletes than the federal graduation rate. Unlike the federal rate, the ASR counts nonscholarship student-athletes and those who transfer to a school after initial enrollment elsewhere, while removing student-athletes who leave school while academically eligible. Nationally, the ASR is 72 percent for Division II student-athletes who entered college from 2007 through 2010, an increase of 1 percentage point from the 2006-09 groups.
Division II student-athletes continue to graduate at a higher rate than the general student body. The federal rate for the 2010 entering class of student-athletes held steady at 56 percent, compared with 50 percent for the general student body.