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Northwestern: No. 1 Football Team (Academically)

December 11, 2012

Mich Football, Neb Football, NU Football

"Everybody huddle up! Let's study!"

“Everybody huddle up! Let’s study!”

Northwestern is ranked No. 1 Among the top 25 college football teams in academic achievement, according to a new study from the New America Foundation.

The rankings go beyond graduation rates and instead look at factors such as:

  • The team’s graduation rate compared to that of the school’s overall male student body.
  • Black-white graduation gap, compared to the general student population.
  • Gap between the team’s black graduation rate and the school’s overall graduation rate for black men.

After Northwestern comes Northern Illinois, Boise State, Stanford and Notre Dame. Nebraska was ranked eighth and Michigan 21st.

In its story about the study, TIME made special note about Michigan’s comparatively low ranking, given its academic reputation:

On the flip side, look at the team from Michigan, a school with a strong academic reputation, yet finishes near the bottom of these rankings. While Michigan graduates 88% of its students, only 59% of Wolverine football players get their diplomas. While the black-white graduate gap on the football team is only four points worse than black-white gap for all male students, just 47% of Michigan’s black football players graduate, compared with 70% of Michigan’s black male students overall.

For what it’s worth.

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