INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — In Gallup’s 2020 study on the college experiences and life outcomes of college graduates who competed in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) athletics in Divisions I, II or III, data showed NCAA student-athletes engaged in important undergraduate experiences at higher rates than their non-athlete peers. Former student-athletes were also more likely to be thriving in many post-college domains.
These findings came from interviews of nearly 5,000 former NCAA student-athletes and 69,000 non-athlete graduates from the same colleges about their college experiences and current well-being. This was a follow-up to Gallup’s 2016 study.