Gonzaga athletics shares top spot nationally in graduation rate

Maryland women's basketball and football post record Graduation Success Rates

Maryland women's basketball and football post record Graduation Success Rates

The football team posted a program-record 79 percent. "By producing market-ready graduates at a record pace, we will continue to differentiate ourselves by the success of our former student-athletes five and 10 years after graduation and beyond".

The GSR does not penalize institutions for athletes who transfer in good academic standing. Other notable scores at Arkansas include women's basketball (77), men's cross country/track (79) and women's cross country/track (81). "Earning their degree is the ultimate goal and doing so at a rate of 91 percent is something we can all be proud of". Football ranked second in the Pac-12. The Midshipmen were also the tops among the nation's three service academies. "The support and encouragement they receive through the commandant and his staff and the academic dean and all of our outstanding professors and instructors is extraordinary and provides tremendous motivation to be successful morally, mentally and physically". Arkansas' previous GSR score was 78 a year ago and the latest score is 33 percent higher than the 60 it received in the NCAA's first report in 2005. It also matched the 2002 and 2016 rates as the highest in school history. Five programs - men's cross country/track and field, women's cross country/track and field, golf, women's tennis and volleyball - own flawless 100-percent GSRs.

The Federal Graduation Rate (FGR) for student-athletes, also a four-year composite statistic for the freshman classes of 2007-08 through 2010-11, is 59 percent, tying the school record posted in four of the last five years.

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Though Towson didn't release its overall percentage, its athletes finished with the highest collective GSR since the metric was introduced. The program's GSR was 11 points above the national average for Division I football-playing schools and 10 points above the national average for FBS schools.

Six Arkansas programs - soccer, swimming/diving, volleyball, women's golf, men's golf and men's tennis - recorded 100 percent graduation rates in the latest reporting cycle.

The NCAA developed the Division I Graduation Success Rate in response to college and university presidents who wanted graduation data that more accurately reflect the mobility among all college students today, as the Graduation Success Rate accounts for the academic outcomes of student-athletes who transfer from one institution to another.

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