Philadelphia University receives Presidents’ Award for Academic Excellence

Philadelphia University receives Presidents’ Award for Academic Excellence

INDIANAPOLIS – Philadelphia University is one of twenty-six NCAA Division II member schools that will be honored as part of the Presidents' Award for Academic Excellence program for achieving a four-year Academic Success Rate (ASR) of 90 percent or higher. This is the sixth year of the program.

Philadelphia will be receiving this award for the second straight year and fifth time in the program's existence. The University has achieved an ASR of at least 90 percent for the ninth time overall

Philadelphia has a four-year of ASR of 94 percent, a three percent increase from last year, which is eighth in all of Division II and second in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference.

"Division II's philosophy is built on a commitment to supporting the whole student, including academic success as a primary emphasis," said Steve Scott, president of Pittsburg State University and chair of the Division II Presidents Council. "The number of schools that consistently hit the 90 percent mark illustrates how Division II members continually uphold that commitment." 

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 athletic scholarships.

The Division II ASR also captures about 51 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. The national ASR is 71 percent for Division II student-athletes who entered college from 2006 through 2009.

Division II student-athletes continue to graduate at a higher rate than the general student body. The federal rate for the 2009 entering class of student-athletes was 56 percent, compared with 49 percent for the general student body.

Top Ten Division II Academic Success Rates
Institution ASR
Point Loma Nazarene University 99
Bentley University 98
Saint Michael's College 98
Hillsdale College 98
University of the Sciences 97
Stonehill College 96
Seattle Pacific University 96
Philadelphia University 94
Flagler College 94
UC-San Diego 94