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Posted at 10:26 AM ET, 04/23/2010

NFL draft: Top schools and their graduation rates

By Valerie Strauss

With the National Football League draft underway, I took a look at the schools that have over time sent the most players to the pros, and at the team graduation rates. Some of them are well below 50 percent.

The NCAA Web site issued a report in November with the graduation success rates of teams in various sports.

The Graduation Success Rate, or GSR, calculated by the NCAA for Division I teams, includes students transferring into the institutions. And the GSR allows institutions to subtract student-athletes who leave their institutions prior to graduation as long as they would have been academically eligible to compete had they remained.

The Federal success rate (FED) does not count transfer students and is lower than the GSR.

The calculations for both the GSR and federal rate limit time to graduation from initial college enrollment to six years afterward. The following graduation rates were based on freshmen who entered college between the 1999-2000 school year and the 2002-03 school year, and who graduated within six years-- the latest information available.

Here are the teams that have had the most players drafted into the NFL through the 2009 draft, as listed by the Web site

The school names are followed by the number of players drafted, then the Graduation Success Rate as determined by the NCAA, and the Federal graduation rate.

University of Notre Dame
462 players drafted
GSR -- 96 percent
FED -- 85 percent

University of Southern California
461 players drafteed
GSR -- 58 percent
FED -- 52 percent

Ohio State University
390 players drafted
GSR -- 62 percent
FED -- 58 percent

University of Oklahoma
339 players drafted
GSR -- 45 percent
FED -- 37 percent

University of Michigan
332 players drafted
GSR -- 71 percent
FED -- 68 percent

University of Nebraska
331 players drafted
GSR -- 72 percent
FED -- 66 percent

University of Tennessee
321 players drafted
GSR -- 52 percent
FED -- 41 percent

Penn State University
317 players drafted
GSR -- 85 percent
FED -- 80 percent

University of Texas
316 players drafted
GSR -- 49 percent
FED -- 41 percent

University of Miami (FL)
295 players drafted
GSR -- 75 percent
FED -- 59 percent

University of Florida
289 players drafted
GSR -- 69 percent
FED -- 42 percent

Michigan State University
286 players drafted
GSR -- 56 percent
FED -- 40 percent

285 players drafted
GSR -- 51 percent
FED -- 40 percent

University of Alabama
280 players drafted
GSR -- 67 percent
FED -- 62 percent

University of Georgia
278 players drafted
GSR -- 57 percent
FED -- 46 percent


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By Valerie Strauss  | April 23, 2010; 10:26 AM ET
Categories:  Higher Education, Sports  | Tags:  NCAA, NFL and drafted players and schools, NFL draft, Ohio state and graduation rate, UCLA and graduation rate, University of Miami and graduation rate, football team graduation rates, graduation rates, higher education, schools with the most drafted players  
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First. We have the data on athletes and graduation. How do these compare to the overall graduation rates for the university? Of students who enter in the fall, how many actually graduate? Compare apples to apples, and then write a story.
Second. Athletes drafted have a job immediately upon leaving school. How true is this of the general student population? Leaving school (graduate or not) and have a job? Again, compare apples to apples, and then write a story.
Third. Why just football or basketball? Why just D1? If you want to place a “value” on collegiate sports, get the whole story, and then write a story.
In the day, many kids aspired to be the president of the United States. We only have one but the general condenses what “go for it, work hard and have a back up plan”. Why are athletes any different? Where are the parents in helping their child develop the skills need to succeed, regardless of the life aspiration? Why do we hyphenate college students who play sports? Why is a student-athlete treated differently? To be more accurate should we be doing this for any student who participates in any activity in college?

Posted by: pjansen54 | April 23, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

pjansen54 -- thank you!! Very well said.

Valerie -- will you do this?

Posted by: knoxelcomcastnet | April 23, 2010 6:56 PM | Report abuse

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