Maryville Honored with NCAA Presidents’ Award for Academic Excellence for Third Consecutive Year


[St. Louis, Mo.]—For the third consecutive year, the NCAA recognized Maryville University with the Division II Presidents’ Award for Academic Excellence. Maryville achieved a 93 percent Academic Success Rate (ASR) for the 2004-07 cohort class graduating within six years. The national four-year ASR average is 71 percent.

“Winning this award for the third consecutive year demonstrates our profound commitment to the entire academic and athletic experience of our student-athletes,” said President Mark Lombardi, PhD. “They are an exceptional group of young men and women and we’re very proud of the faculty and coaches who are committed to their education.”

In the fourth year of the Division II Presidents’ Award for Academic Excellence program, 24 schools were honored for achieving four-year ASR of 90 percent or more. The ASR measures graduation success for Division II schools. As a result of Division II’s unique qualities, the ASR measures the graduation success of virtually all Division II student-athletes, including transfers and those not receiving athletics scholarships. Approximately 62 percent of Division II student-athletes receive some level of athletics aid. Each of the division’s active member schools is eligible for the Division II Presidents’ Award for Academic Excellence.

“This year’s Presidents’ Award for Academic Excellence honorees are outstanding examples of Division II’s success in the classroom and off the field,” said Tom Haas, president of Grand Valley State University and chair of the Division II Presidents Council. “We are delighted to share in their successes and commend them for their continued excellence.”

The federal rate for the 2007 entering class of student-athletes was 55 percent, compared to 48 percent for the general student body. As a league, the Great Lakes Valley Conference ranked second nationally.

About Maryville University

Maryville University is a selective, comprehensive, and nationally ranked private institution with nearly 6,000 students. Maryville offers more than 75 degrees at the undergraduate, masters and doctoral levels to students from 50 states and 33 countries. Consistently ranked as a top private school by Forbes and Kiplinger’s, Maryville has been named the No. 1 Overperforming University in the nation by U.S. News & World Report for the past two years. Maryville’s athletics teams compete at the NCAA Division II level in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. Founded in 1872, the University is ideally situated on 130 picturesque acres in West St. Louis County.