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Release: April 3, 2000

71 percent of UI student-athletes earn degree in six years or less

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Nearly 71 percent of student-athletes who entered the University of Iowa in the fall of 1993 earned a UI degree in six years or less, according to the UI's 2000 NCAA Graduation-Rates Disclosure Form. It marks the fourth time in 11 years that Hawkeye student-athletes have achieved a graduation rate of above 70 percent.

The NCAA figures include only student-athletes who received athletic grants-in-aid during their first year at the UI. According to the most recent report, the UI had 72 first-year students receiving such aid in the fall of 1993. Of those, 51 (70.8 percent) earned a degree in six years or less.

The graduation rate of student-athletes in the 1993 entering class was 8.4 percentage points better than members of the general student body from the same entering class (62.4 percent).

Here are some other highlights from the report:

• For the 1993 entering class, 78.8 percent of women student-athletes (26 of 33) earned a degree in six years or less. For women in the general student population in the 1993 entering class, the six-year graduation rate was 65.5 percent.

• Among male student-athletes in the 1993 entering class, 64.1 percent (25 of 39) earned a degree in six years or less. The six-year graduation rate for men entering the UI in 1993 was 58.5 percent.

• Students in the general population from the 1993 entering class took slightly less time, on average, to earn their degrees than student-athletes. The average time to degree for the general population was 4.53 years; for student-athletes it was 4.68 years.

• The graduation rate of African-American male student-athletes from the 1993 entering class was 50 percent (6 of 12). There were three African-American female student-athletes in the same class, and two of those three, 67 percent, earned a degree within six years. Among African-Americans in the general student population for the 1993 entering class, the six-year graduation rate was 61.8 percent for women and 36.1 percent for men.

• Among football players who entered the UI in 1993, 46.7 percent (7 of 15) earned a degree in six years or less.

• Because of the small number of basketball players who receive athletic aid in a given year -- from one to seven -- graduation rates fluctuate widely from year to year. In the last five years, 64.3 percent of women basketball players (9 of 14) and 33.3 percent of men basketball players (5 of 15) earned a degree in six years or less.

• Graduation rates are highest among student-athletes who compete for their four full years of eligibility. Among those who entered the UI in 1993 and competed in sports for four years, the graduation rate was 87.5 percent.

Graduation Rates for University of Iowa Students and Student-Athletes

Percent earning degree within 6 years
Entering class
All Athletes
All Students
1983
59.7
58.5
1984
65.0
61.2
1985
64.0
60.4
1986
62.5
59.1
1987
66.7
62.2
1988
71.8
61.1
1989
65.5
61.0
1990
67.7
62.7
1991
71.9
61.9
1992
75.0
63.6
1993
70.8
62.4

Entering class
Entering class Women athletes
All women students
1983
53.3
59.0
1984
66.7
62.7
1985
71.0
61.9
1986
70.0
62.2
1987
74.3
64.1
1988
71.4
62.1
1989
65.7
64.4
1990
77.1
64.0
1991
75.0
62.7
1992
84.6
65.7
1993
78.8
65.5

Entering class
Men athletes
All men students
1983
63.8
58.0
1984
64.2
59.5
1985
59.1
58.6
1986
58.0
55.6
1987
61.5
60.1
1988
72.1
59.8
1989
65.4
57.4
1990
62.1
61.2
1991
69.7
61.0
1992
68.4
61.1
1993
64.1
58.5