The University of Pennsylvania’s Center for the Study of Race and Equity analyzed the graduation rates each of the football teams participating in the 2014 Bowl Championship Series. Florida State finished at the bottom (37%), Stafford at the top (82%). Alabama came in second at 53, followed by Auburn at 51%.
Comparably, 67 percent of student-athletes across seven NCAA Division I sport conferences will graduate within six years. The undergraduate completion rate is 73 percent overall, while 56 percent for black undergraduates. According to the UPenn report, black men comprise 3 percent of undergraduate students but 60 percent of football players at the top 25 BCS schools.