ECSU ranked #1 among HBCUs for athletes' graduation rates

April Emory
October 25, 2007

The latest issue of DIVERSE ® Issues in Higher Education ranks the Elizabeth City State University Football Program at #1 amongst Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) in Black student-athlete graduation rate. In data that was collected from 83% of Division II teams that reported in 2002, 94% in 2004 and 67% in 2006, programs with the best overall Black student-athlete graduation rates are: Elizabeth City State, which graduated slightly over 71 percent of its Black football players; Lane College at 71 percent exactly, followed by Johnson C. Smith at nearly 70 percent. A complete review of the analysis may be found at the following link: For more information on ECSU Athletics, visit