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Ohio State Student-Athletes Post Graduation Success Rate of 89 Percent

Ohio State has a graduation success rate of 89 percent.
Ohio State has a graduation success rate of 89 percent.

Oct. 24, 2013

NCAA database | NCAA Release

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- In graduation data released by the NCAA today, Ohio State student-athletes have a four-class average (2003-06) of 89 percent in the Graduation Success Rate (GSR) and, in the 2006-07 cohort, have a Federal Graduation Rate (FGR) of 75 percent.

"Once again, whether one uses the NCAA's GSR or the Federal FGR, the data illustrate that the vast majority of Ohio State student-athletes are graduating," Professor John P. Bruno (Depts. of Psychology and Neuroscience), Ohio State's faculty athletics representative, said. "In addition, those that choose to leave the University (to pursue professional opportunities or to transfer to another institution) were on schedule to graduate at the time of their departure."

FGR assesses only first-time full-time freshmen in a given cohort and only counts them as academic successes if they graduate from their institution of initial enrollment within a six-year period. It makes no accommodation for transfers into or out of an institution. The rate is limited because it ignores the large number of transfer students in higher education, but it is still the only rate that allows a direct comparison between student-athletes and the general student body.

GSR begins with the federal cohort, and adds transfer students, mid-year enrollees, and certain non-scholarship students to the sample. Student-athletes who leave an institution while in good academic standing before exhausting athletics eligibility are removed from the cohort of their initial institution. This rate provides a more complete and accurate look at actual student-athlete success by taking into account the full variety of participants in Division I athletics and tracking their academic outcomes.

For the four-class average (classes entering Ohio State between 2003-06), the GSR for student-athletes was 89 percent, ahead of the 85 percent from a year ago and significantly greater than the recent Division I average (81 percent). During that four-year span, the federal rate for OSU student-athletes was essentially equivalent (75 percent) with that of the Ohio State student body (79 percent), both well above the D1 average of 63 percent.

More specifically, 25 Ohio State programs are ahead of or equal to the national GSR rate for their sports. Of those, 13 teams have a 100 percent GSR: men's fencing, men's gymnastics, men's tennis, men's volleyball, men's pistol, women's basketball, women's fencing, women's golf, women's lacrosse, softball, women's swimming, women's tennis and women's volleyball. Another eight of those teams are above 90 percent in the GSR: men's cross country/track, men's lacrosse, wrestling, women's cross country/track, women's rowing, women's gymnastics and women's soccer.

Twelve of Ohio State's programs have an FGR above 85 percent: men's cross country/track, men's lacrosse, men's pistol, women's basketball, women's cross country/track, women's fencing, women's golf, women's gymnastics, women's lacrosse, women's soccer, softball and women's swimming and diving. Eight of those programs were above 90, including women's fencing and men's pistol at 100 percent.

The Ohio State football program has a GSR of 75 percent, ahead of the 74 percent a year ago, the 67 percent mark two years ago and 63 percent three years ago. It is also above the 71 percent for FBS programs nationally.

Bruno said the numbers show the importance Ohio State student-athletes and staff place on academics.

"Collectively, these data are a testimony to the academic commitment of our student-athletes and their coaching staffs, as well as the dedication of our academic support services," he said.

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