Now in its seventh year of voluntary data collection, Division III’s Academic Success Rate is similar to Division I’s Graduation Success Rate and Division II’s ASR in that it includes transfers in the calculation but removes students who left school while academically eligible.

The Division III national four-year average ASR held steady at 87 percent, based on a representative sample of 193 schools participating in the voluntary reporting program in the 2015-16 academic year.

Even when using the less-inclusive federal rate, Division III student-athletes again perform better than the general student body. The four-class average federal rate for athletes was 69 percent and the federal rate for the overall student body was 62 percent.

“The continued high graduation rates for Division III student-athletes indicate that our students and schools are as committed to academic excellence as they are to athletics achievements,” said Dan Dutcher, vice president of Division III. “More and more schools are participating every year, which helps us have even greater confidence in the outstanding academic performance of Division III student-athletes.”

Division III operates on a voluntary academic reporting system. More than half of Division III member schools have participated during this voluntary data collection program. The 193 schools that participated in the voluntary reporting program in the 2015-16 academic year represent an increase of 47 schools compared with the previous year and the highest participation to date.