Notre Dame has claimed the 2020 national championship for graduating student-athletes in all sports–in the process posting the top NCAA Graduation Success Rate (GSR) figure (98) for the 14th-straight year.


The GSR number for all Notre Dame student-athletes rates the Irish first among the football-playing institutions (tied with Northwestern and Duke) in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly Division I-A). The 2020 NCAA figures are based on entering classes from 2010 through 2013.


Meanwhile, Notre Dame’s institutional research determined additional academic highlights based on the NCAA-issued GSR and federal figures released today:

·        Nineteen of 22 Irish athletic programs analyzed posted GSR figures of 100 percent, and 11 produced federal rate scores of 100.

·        For the 15th time in 16 years, Notre Dame ranks first on a percentage basis in terms of number of GSR 100 scores, among all FBS schools.

·        Nineteen of Notre Dame’s 22 men’s and women’s programs posted GSR numbers that rank best in the nation within their sports – and 11 produced federal graduation rates that led all FBS institutions.

·        All 11 of Notre Dame’s women’s athletic programs posted perfect, 100, GSR scores. Notre Dame is one of only two FBS schools that can make that claim.

Whether measured by the federal government in its Department of Education report or by the NCAA through its GSR numbers, graduation rates for Notre Dame student-athletes once again rank among the national leaders in a variety of categories.


For the 13th year in a row Notre Dame leads the nation in GSR categories both for all student-athletes (at 98) and female student-athletes (100). Notre Dame’s GSR figure for male student-athletes has ranked number one in eight of the past 11 years (second this year at 96).


In calculations including all student-athletes in all sports, Notre Dame ranks first (at 98) among the FBS schools in the GSR figures, which were initiated in 2005 by the NCAA. Using the federal formula, Notre Dame graduated a four-year average of 92 percent of its student-athletes, behind only Stanford at 93.


In addition to its number-one GSR ranking for all student-athletes (98), Notre Dame finished tied for first among female student-athletes at 100, third among male student-athletes at 96 percent.

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