Nicholls Student Athlete Graduation Rate Soars

THIBODAUX — Nicholls State University’s student athletes are graduating at some of the highest rates in the state and the Southland Conference, according to statistics released by the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

The graduation success rate report shows that 73 percent of Nicholls student athletes who began college in 2006 earned their degrees within six years. That’s an all-time high for Nicholls and a five-point increase over last year’s rate.

“The Nicholls community is proud of the outstanding graduation rate for our athletes when compared to our peers,” said Nicholls Interim President Larry Howell. “It indicates the true mission of a regional university and its athletics programs — recruit academically prepared athletes and give them support to progress to their main goal — graduation. It not only shows the dedication of our student athletes and coaches, but the efforts of our faculty and members of our staff to strive toward that goal.”

Among Louisiana’s 11 public universities with Division I athletics, Nicholls has the fourth highest overall graduation success rate. Nicholls also ranks fourth overall among 14 Southland Conference universities, and ranks first among Southland Conference schools in Louisiana.

Designed to more accurately predict the academic success of athletes, the graduation success rate measures the proportion of student athletes who graduate and includes incoming transfer students, a regular occurrence in college athletics, in its calculations.

When broken down by individual sport, Nicholls reported the highest graduation rate success and ranked top in the state and the Southland Conference in women’s tennis, with 100 percent of student athletes graduating. Nicholls also ranked first in the state for the success of its softball (95 percent) and men’s tennis (83 percent) graduates. Among Southland schools, Nicholls ranks first in football (68 percent) and second in men’s basketball (83 percent). Additionally, several of these Colonel teams showed significant improvement over their previous performance. Men’s basketball increased its graduation success rate by 12 points from 71 percent, and football’s graduation success rate increased by 7 points from 61 percent.

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