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GW Student-Athletes See Graduation Success 11 Percent Higher than NCAA Average

GW celebrates its 2014 commencement on the National Mall.
Oct. 28, 2014

WASHINGTON – The NCAA publicly announced the Graduation Success Rate of all Division I institutions today, with George Washington student-athletes achieving a Graduation Success Rate of 95, 11 percent higher than the NCAA Division I average of 84.

George Washington’s baseball, women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, golf, women’s rowing, women’s soccer, softball, women’s swimming, men’s and women’s tennis and women’s water polo programs all achieved a perfect 100 score.

“GW student-athletes continue to excel in the classroom, which we’ve seen not only through graduation rates like this, but also in terms of how well they’re doing academically,” said Director of Athletics and Recreation Patrick Nero.  "In the Spring of 2014 GW Athletics achieved a combined 3.22 GPA across our 450+ student-athletes, which is a testament to their efforts and the culture established by our Educational Support Services staff, faculty and coaches. We want to see all of our student-athletes not only graduate, but graduate well-prepared for what’s beyond GW.”

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. GSR data is based on a six-year cohort prescribed by the U.S. Department of Education with all scholarship student-athletes across the country who entered college in 2007 considered.

The graduation rate is based on a comparison of the number of students who entered college and the number of those who graduated within six years. The GSR provides information for student-athletes who received athletics aid for any period of time during their freshman year.