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13 GW Varsity Programs Recognized with Perfect Graduation Success Rate

Nov. 15, 2016 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 93, seven percent higher than the NCAA Division I average of 86.

GW’s baseball, women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country and track, men's and women’s rowing, women’s soccer, men's and women's squash, 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 marquee sports like 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 92 is 12 percent greater than the all-time high NCAA average of 80, while GW women’s basketball’s perfect 100 tops the all-time NCAA high average of 89 by 11 percent. GW baseball’s perfect 100 GSR is 18 percent higher than the nation’s all-time record rate of 82.

“In our conversations with our student-athletes, we constantly speak in terms of education, not eligibility. Our goal here is to educate these young people and prepare them for the rest of their lives, not simply to keep them eligible to compete.” said Director of Athletics and Recreation Patrick Nero. “It is rewarding to see the fruits of that labor and know that GW student-athletes are leaving the university with an education and degree from one of the top schools academically in the world.”

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 2009 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.