Utah State's Graduation Success Rate (GSR), the now 12-year old metric to identify how student-athletes graduate, stands at 91 percent, it was announced by the NCAA national office Wednesday. The rate is a four-year average encompassing the 2007-10 classes. The national average is 86 percent.
Among Utah State’s 16 NCAA sponsored sports, three have a 100 percent GSR in golf, soccer and men’s tennis, as men’s tennis has now achieved that metric for 10 straight years. USU’s women’s cross country/track programs (97), basketball team (92), softball team (92), gymnastics program (91), men’s cross country/track programs (88), women’s tennis team (88) and volleyball team (82) also excelled within the framework.
Furthermore, women’s cross country/track programs ranked first in the Mountain West, while golf, soccer and men’s tennis programs all tied for first in the conference.
Utah State’s football program has a GSR of 89 percent to lead the Mountain West and is also first among the other football programs in the state of Utah, ahead of Utah (83), Southern Utah (67), Weber State (66) and BYU (52).
"We're very proud of our student-athletes in persisting to graduation," said USU Senior Associate Athletics Director for Student Services Dr. Brian Evans. "Earning their degree is the ultimate goal and doing so at a rate of 91 percent is something we can all be proud of."
Among the six Division-I schools in the state of Utah, Utah State ranked first in GSR, ahead of Utah (90), Southern Utah (80), BYU (78), Weber State (77) and Utah Valley (74).
The graduation success rate is based on a comparison of the number of student-athletes who entered college and the number of those who graduated within six years of initial enrollment. The GSR subtracts student-athletes who depart for allowable exclusions (e.g. official church mission), as well as those who transfer but would have been academically eligible to compete had they returned to the institution.
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