Ohio State Records Graduation Success Rate of 87 Percent
Nov. 15, 2016

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- In graduation data released by the NCAA Tuesday, Ohio State student-athletes have a four-class average (2006-09) of 87 percent in the Graduation Success Rate (GSR) and, in the 2009-10 cohort, have a Federal Graduation Rate (FGR) of 73 percent.

“Both this year’s GSR and the FGR show that the vast majority of Ohio State student-athletes graduate,” John Davidson, Ohio State Faculty Athletic Representative and Professor in Germanic Languages and Literatures, said. “This is indicative of the culture valuing meaningful academic success that pervades athletics at Ohio State, which is reflected in the very positive results we see here. For example, OSU’s 2009-10 single-year cohort graduated three percent more students than the previous year. Another example: two of our squads scored 100 percent each on the GSR and the FGR, and both have won recent national championships. And, once again, the data shows that students from this four-year cohort who transferred to other institutions, or who left because professional opportunities presented themselves, were overwhelmingly on track to graduate.”

The GSR and FGR metrics provide slightly different perspectives on graduation. The 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.

For the four-class average (classes entering Ohio State between 2006-09), the GSR for Buckeye student-athletes was 87 percent, greater than the recent Division I average (86 percent). More specifically, 19 Ohio State programs are equal to or ahead of the national GSR for their sports. Seven teams have a 100 percent GSR: men’s fencing, men’s gymnastics, rifle, pistol, men’s volleyball, women’s tennis and women’s volleyball. Another eight are at 90 percent or above in the GSR: men’s hockey, men’s swimming, women’s cross country/track, women’s ice hockey, women’s lacrosse, women’s soccer, softball and women’s swimming.

During that four-class time period , the federal rate for OSU student-athletes (73 percent) was above the D1 average of 66 percent for both student-athletes and the general student body at Division I institutions.

“The GSR is the scale that factors in more of the aspects that impact individuals participating in Division I sports,” Davidson said. “It tracks academic success more extensively than the FGR and offers a more complete picture of the academic achievements of student-athletes. So, it is particularly gratifying to see so many of our programs come in with a GSR of 90 percent or above – and nearly half of those achieved a remarkable 100 percent.”

Of the Ohio State programs, the men’s volleyball, women’s fencing and pistol programs have a 100 percent FGR, with women’s ice hockey and women’s lacrosse above 90 percent.

“The results of the dedication to academics among our student-athletes, coaching staffs, and sports administration, as well as the tremendous work of our academic support services, can be seen in these reports,” Davidson said.