Utah State student-athletes set school record with 94 percent graduation success rate to lead Mountain West

LOGAN, Utah – Utah State’s Graduation Success Rate (GSR) stands at 94 percent for its student-athletes, it was announced by the NCAA national office Wednesday. This mark, which leads the Mountain West, sets a new standard within USU Athletics as it is up two percent from last year. The national average is 88 percent.

Among the six Division-I schools in the state of Utah, Utah State tied for first in GSR with Utah (94), and ahead of Southern Utah (81), Utah Valley (81), BYU (80) and Weber State (77).

“Our belief is that the greatest victory each of our student-athletes can experience is walking across the stage to get their diploma,” said USU Vice President and Director of Athletics John Hartwell. “These numbers validate our commitment to academics and preparing our student-athletes for life after college and we applaud their efforts to achieve academic excellence. We also appreciate the emphasis that our coaches and dedicated student-athlete services staff facilitate with the academic success of our student-athletes.”

Utah State had the best or tied for the best GSR in the Mountain West in six sports (men’s golf, gymnastics, soccer, men’s tennis, women’s tennis and women’s cross country/track & field), as all of these sports had a perfect 100 percent GSR. For USU’s men’s tennis program, it has now achieved that metric for 12 straight years, while USU’s golf and soccer programs have now had perfect GSR’s in each of the last three years.

Furthermore, Utah State’s football program had a GSR of 92 percent, to lead the Mountain West, while men’s basketball had a GSR of 82 percent. Additionally, USU’s softball (94), women’s basketball (89), men’s cross country/track & field (89) and volleyball (78) teams also excelled within the framework.

This year’s GSR is a four-year average encompassing the 2009-12 classes and the following Aggie teams are above the national average for their sport – men’s cross country/track & field, women’s cross country/track & field, football, men’s golf, gymnastics, soccer, softball, men’s tennis and women’s tennis.

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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