Posted November 6, 2015

Temple’s momentum reflected in strong athletics graduation rate

Student-athletes set record for sixth straight year by achieving an 85 percent graduation rate.

A Temple graduate triumphantly raising his cap at commencement.
Betsy Manning
Temple has set a record where it matters most—graduating its student-athletes.
For the sixth consecutive year, Temple University student-athletes have scored a top graduation success rate. The latest data, provided by the NCAA, shows that student-athletes achieved an 85 percent graduation rate—the highest in Temple Athletics history. 
According to, there were only 12 higher scores, achieved by 39 institutions, than Temple’s rate. Four Owls sports—women’s fencing, women’s lacrosse, men’s tennis and women’s tennis—earned a perfect 100 percent, while eight teams earned all-time highs for their programs. And if the current roster of top 25 football teams were ranked by their graduation success rate, Temple would come in at No. 7. 
The student-athlete graduation rate is one more point of pride for Temple, where overall student graduation rates are also on the rise. In recent rankings by U.S.News & World Report, Temple ranked No. 5 in “graduation rate performance” among national universities in the top 125. Graduation rate performance is a metric that compares expected graduation rates with actual ones.
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