The relationship between residence and academic performance in NCAA Division I student athletes

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Journal of Issues in Intercollegiate Athletics



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Numerous studies have been completed examining academic ability of student athletes. Since the mid 1980s, the NCAA has emphasized the importance of academics and mandated more stringent requirements for participation in intercollegiate athletics. These initial-eligibility standards have been successful in increasing overall graduation rates of student-athletes, but a number of concerns remain. The purpose of this study was to determine if a NCAA Division-I freshman student athlete’s place of residence on campus, as opposed to off campus, during his/her freshman year had a statistically significant relationship to academic performance. The participants of this study (N = 205) were surveyed individually to determine their place of residence and preference of residence during their freshman year. Academic performance at the end of the freshman year was obtained via the school’s database of academic records (Access Banner). Based on the results of this study, it was concluded that living in an on campus or off campus environment had no statistical relationship with how the NCAA D-I freshman student athletes performed academically. There were however, significant differences between gender. The findings warrant further discussion and continued research

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