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These Ain’t No Dumb Jocks

About once in a decade a Dartmouth athlete makes it in the pros (way to go, Kyle!), but the rest of our varsity athletes had better leave Hanover with a degree and some old-fashioned learning. And happily enough, they do. The below NCAA figures show that virtually all Dartmouth athletes graduate in four years (99+%, at least — the figures below are like batting averages where the denominator is 1,000):

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That’s quite a remarkable result, given that the four-year-graduation rate among all undergraduates is somewhere in the 86-88% range according to the most excellent Dartmouth FactBook:

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U.S. News lists our four-year graduation rate as 86%.

The faculty can take some credit for student-athletes’ results, but more should go to the coaches themselves. Some teams, like football, ride their players almost as hard off the field as they do on it, and the Athletics Department’s various initiatives drill into everyone that success is not just about points on the board. Bravo, Dartmouth.

Addendum: If Phil wants to improve the College’s graduation rates, he needs to bring in more athletes.

Addendum: An alumnus writes in:

Reading your post on the graduation rates of the athletic teams, I couldn’t help but think back to the reign of Dean Furstenberg who had no time for sports teams…


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