Siena student athletes continue to graduate at one of the highest rates in the country. Using the most recent data released in the NCAA's annual Graduation Success Rate (GSR) report, 90% of student athletes who entered Siena as freshmen in 2008 graduated, compared to the national Division I average of 83%.
Siena has boasted a GSR of 90% or higher in all 11 NCAA reports since the rate was first released in 2005. The 94.3% GSR Siena has averaged since the report's inception ranks among the top-10 percent of all Division I institutions
"Siena student athletes continue to distinguish themselves on the playing fields and in the classroom," Siena College President Br. F. Edward Coughlin, O.F.M., Ph.D said. "Our continued success in the Graduation Success Rate Report reflects the hard work our coaches put into recruiting students intent on earning their degree, and the support services in place once they arrive on campus. Winning games is important, but we won't sacrifice Siena's academic standards and our reputation to achieve athletic success."
The NCAA also reported Graduation Success Rate by conference. Siena's Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) ranked third of 31 Division I conferences in overall Graduation Success Rate at 91%.
"Our student athletes continue to be among the top academic performers in the MAAC and across the country," Vice President and Director of Athletics John D'Argenio said. "They are committed to earning a Siena degree, and our academic support staff takes great pride in mentoring our students throughout their path to graduation. It starts with our coaches and the College's admissions staff. Both work together to make sure we are enrolling student athletes who value a degree and everything Siena has to offer."
The report gives graduation information for students and student athletes who entered college in 2008, the most recent class for which the required six years of information is available. It also breaks down the GSR by sport, using a four-year class average (2005-2008) called a cohort rate to provide a big enough sample.
Eleven of Siena's Division I sports posted perfect 100% cohort GSRs: men's cross country, men's tennis, women's cross country, field hockey, women's golf, women's soccer, softball, swimming and diving, women's tennis, volleyball and water polo.
Siena in the GSR2015 (students who entered College in 2008): 90%
2014 (students who entered College in 2007): 92%
2013 (students who entered College in 2006): 93%
2012 (students who entered College in 2005): 95%
2011 (students who entered College in 2004): 98%
2010 (students who entered College in 2003): 95%
2009 (students who entered College in 2002): 95%
2008 (students who entered College in 2001): 94%
2007 (students who entered College in 2000): 93%
2006 (students who entered College in 1999): 97%
2005 (students who entered College in 1998): 96%
Note: 2005 was initial report
Siena's men's basketball program surpassed the cohort GSR national average by a large margin, boasting an 91% cohort GSR according to the report, 17 percentage points higher than the national average of 74%. The women's basketball program registered a 77% cohort GSR.
"Although I only arrived at Siena a short time ago, I am well aware of our student athletes' long tradition of academic success," Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Margaret E. Madden said. "Constantly ranking among the nation's leaders in the Graduation Success Rate Report proves Siena student athletes have a commitment to excellence that stretches beyond sports and into their academic pursuits. Our goal is to provide all Siena students an immersive educational experience that is the foundation for a meaningful life. Siena student athletes live the College's mission by succeeding academically and playing a leadership role in service activities beyond the classroom."
The NCAA developed the GSR because the Federal Graduation Rate (FGR) does not credit institutions with student athletes who leave in good academic standing and go on to graduate, or transfers into the school who graduate.
The NCAA report also included the most recent FGR data. Using the cohort FGR rate, Siena student athletes checked in at 73%, tied for the third highest rate in the MAAC, and seven percentage points higher than the national student athlete average (66%). Siena's 2008-09 FGR was 78%, just two percentage points below that of the general student body at the College and well above the national Division I rate of 67%.
The FGR is based on a comparison of the number of students who entered a college or university and the number of those who graduated within six years. For example, for every 100 Siena student athletes entering school from 2005-09, 73 graduate from Siena within six years.