Did You Know?

  • Nationally, out of 100 9th graders, 68 will graduate from high school, 40 will enter college directly, 27 are still enrolled in college in their second year, and 18 will graduate from college. US Dept. of Education
  • The National Center for Education estimates that 15.1 million students are attending undergraduate or graduate schools this year. The center projects that, by 2010, that number will increase to 17.5 million
  • 40% of all Division 1 and Division 2 athletic scholarship recipients do not graduate from the original college they enrolled in within 6 years.
  • Along with Harvard, Princeton and Yale, The United States Coast Guard Academy typically ranks as one of the hardest school to gain admissions to in the country each year. The acceptance rate was once 7%
  • The Ivy League is the only basketball conference in the country that plays its games back-to-back on Friday and Saturday nights to minimize missed class time.
  • A recent study by the Center for Disease Control found that more sports injuries for youth athletes result from basketball (168,691) a year, more than any other sport. There were 30,000 more basketball injuries reported than reported in football. The information was based on emergency room visits.
  • Out of roughly 11,500 Division 1 football players, only 2% will even get drafted by a pro team. This means on average, 98% of all college football players can only hope to get a degree and an education by playing college football. Want further proof a pro football career is not a path to success. The average career is 3.2 yeas and 78% of players file for bankruptcy with 5 years of retirement (or by age 30).
  • The Northeastern University Center for the Study of Sport in Society found that, of African American teens, 66 percent believe they will ultimately play pro ball, twice the percentage of white teens who see themselves becoming pros. only 2.5 percent will play in the NBA for at least one year.
  • The head football coach at San Diego State once tried to use a taped towel in lieu of an actual football to try and make an impermissible team activity a legitimate activity.
  • When Wichita State won the 1989 college world series, they did not have one player on the team with a full baseball scholarship. With 11.7 baseball scholarships available to teams with 30+ on the roster, a partial scholarship is the most common.
  • Between 1981 and 1999, NCAA and NAIA colleges eliminated 40% of their wrestling teams, often due to title 9 restrictions.
  • In 1982, according to a GAO survey, there were 43 women’s crew teams. That figure ballooned to 122 in the next 17 years
  • Several years ago, Tufts University in Massachusetts received over 13,700 applications for the class of 2005 and accepted only 3,178 students or less than 25%. Among those rejected were 1665 students who were in the top 5% of their class, 3292 students who scored between 700-800 in the SAT math, and 2531 students who scored between 700-800 on the SAT verbal
  • Over 1,000,000 student-athletes participated in 11 man football at the high school level at 13,509 high schools throughout the country.
  • Gary Abbott, director of special projects at USA Wrestling, indicates that in 2001, there were 244,984 athletes wrestling in high school and only 5,966 will be able to wrestle in the National Collegiate Athletic Association. This translates to only one NCAA spot for every 41 high-school wrestlers. Please not, not every high school wrestler is interested in wresting in college.
  • According to a survey by Nellie Mae, the student loan company, college student borrowers now amass an average of $27,600 in educational debt, almost three and a half times what they compiled a decade ago in unadjusted dollars.
  • Title IX has put so much pressure on colleges to comply that a school in Arizona tried to get the State to build a river so it could start a women’s crew program. The proposal was rejected after the estimated costs were several million dollars.
  • The University of Indiana (Bloomington) was named best party school (2003) by the Princeton Review. Unfortunately, Indiana as well as other schools are unhappy that the Princeton Review still publishes this particular list. The Princeton Review is not affiliated with Princeton University (NJ)
  • In 2003, Harvard University received 3,000 applications from students who scored a perfect 1600 on the SAT. No mention of how many of those students were rejected. I am extremely impressed by anyone who can get a 800 in the verbal portion of the SAT. I mean, isn’t there some strange word out there that no one has ever heard of and doesn’t know the definition of?
  • Yale once rejected 100 students with a perfect score (1600) on the SAT test. Shame on those kids for doing so well!
  • Public colleges educate more than 80% of all students who attend college
  • According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, at least 21 fatalities during the period 1979 to 1994 have been linked to unanchored or portable soccer goals.
  • According to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Director of Communications, Casey Angle, 17% of the tennis players competing at NCAA schools in the 2002-2003 school year were international players with nearly a third of the players in Division One being foreign born
  • In 2004 there were only 92 women’s D1 lacrosse programs in the United States. Only 7 of them were at colleges West of the Mississippi River
  • A recent University of North Carolina study showed that athletes from 50 different men’s Division I college basketball teams who wore mouthguards during the 1999-2000 season had significantly fewer dental injuries than their peers who left their teeth unguarded.
  • Only 49% of number one draft picks out of high school make it to the major leagues.
  • 68% of college number one picks make it to the Major League

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