Utah State’s Graduation Success Rate for Student-Athletes Stands at 89 Percent to Lead Mountain West
Utah State's Graduation Success Rate (GSR), the now 11-year old metric to identify how student-athletes graduate, stands at 89 percent, it was announced by the NCAA national office Tuesday. The rate is a four-year average encompassing the 2006-2009 classes. The national average is 83 percent.
Nov. 15, 2016

LOGAN, Utah -

Utah State's Graduation Success Rate (GSR), the now 11-year old metric to identify how student-athletes graduate, stands at 89 percent, it was announced by the NCAA national office Tuesday. The rate is a four-year average encompassing the 2006-2009 classes. The national average is 83 percent.

Among Utah State’s 16 NCAA sponsored sports, two have a 100 percent GSR in men’s and women’s tennis, as men’s tennis has now achieved that metric for nine straight years. USU’s women’s cross country/track programs (98), soccer team (95), softball team (95), gymnastics program (89), men’s cross country/track programs (88), women’s basketball team (86) and golf team (83) also excelled within the framework.

Furthermore, women’s cross country/track and softball programs also ranked first in the Mountain West, while men’s and women’s tennis, and the men’s cross country/track programs tied for first in the conference.

Utah State’s football program has a GSR of 87 percent to lead the Mountain West and is also first among the other football programs in the state of Utah, ahead of Utah (69), BYU (56), Weber State (48) and Southern Utah (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 89 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 (83), BYU (75), Utah Valley (71), Weber State (69) and Southern Utah (69).

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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