Ohio Posts Impressive Graduation Success Rates

Oct. 25, 2011

ATHENS, Ohio - Ohio University student-athletes, who entered school between 2001-2004, boasted a Graduation Success Rate (GSR) of 82 percent, according to figures released Tuesday by the NCAA. The rate of success indicates that Ohio is above the NCAA average for all Division I institutions.

The figures also indicate that the Ohio women's volleyball, softball, swimming and divining, men's golf and women's golf teams all registered perfect graduation success rates during the same academic period.

"Graduating our student-athletes has been and will always be our No. 1 priority at Ohio University," said athletic director Jim Schaus. "Our 82 percent graduation success rate is a testament to the hard work put in by our student-athletes and academic support systems."

The football team's mark of 71 percent ranks fourth in the Mid-American Conference and is four percentage points higher than the national Football Bowl Subdivision mark.

The men's basketball rate of 79 percent is 13 percentage points higher than the NCAA average for all Division I institutions. In addition, the men's basketball federal graduation rate is second in the MAC and 22 points higher than the NCAA average.

The NCAA developed the GSR to more accurately assess long-term student-athlete academic success. The GSR differs from the federally mandated graduation-rate methodology in that it counts transfers into and out of an institution.