Athletics News

10 GW Varsity Programs Recognized With Perfect Graduation Success Rate

Nov. 4, 2015

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 94, eight percent higher than the NCAA Division I average of 86.

GW's baseball, women's basketball, men's and women's track, women's rowing, women's soccer, women's swimming and diving, men's and women's tennis and women's water polo programs all achieved a perfect 100 score.

Additionally, in men's and women's basketball and baseball, GW's teams and student-athletes have excelled with GSR figures well ahead of the national average. Men's basketball's GSR of 90 is 13 percent greater than the all-time high national average of 77, while GW women's basketball's perfect 100 tops the all-time high NCAA average of 89. GW baseball's perfect 100 GSR is a full 20 percent higher than the nation's rate of 80.

"When our coaches meet with prospective student-athletes, it is paramount for us to stress that the decision to attend George Washington isn't just a four-year decision, but a lifetime decision to become a graduate of GW and be afforded all of the rights and privileges of that higher education," said Director of Athletics and Recreation Patrick Nero. "Our mantra is to build champions in the classroom, competition and community, and these outstanding Graduation Success Rates are evidence of the hard work and dedication of our student-athletes, coaches and staff to fulfill that mission."

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 2008 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.