December 2, 2021

Ohio State Posts 90 Percent Graduation Success Rate


COLUMBUS, Ohio — In data released by the NCAA Thursday, Ohio State University student-athletes have a four-class average (2011-14) of 90 in the Graduation Success Rate (GSR). This is the first time Ohio State has reached 90 in the rolling GSR; the university reached 89 each year from 2012-14.

Ohio State has a single-year GSR of 93, the highest in school history and a mark that narrowly outpaces last year’s score of 92.

“This is a banner year for graduation success at Ohio State,” Faculty Athletics Representative John Davidson said. “With new highs in GSR results in both the single-year mark (93%) and the four-year rolling average (90%), Ohio State student-athletes continue to set the bar higher.”

Fourteen teams increased their four-year GSR scores and four – women’s fencing, women’s tennis, women’s golf and synchronized swimming maintained perfect scores. Men’s tennis and women’s ice hockey joined the group with perfect scores in the most recent report.

“That 22 teams increased or maintained their GSR score,” Davidson said, “reflects the culture of concern for academic success throughout the Athletics Department, the academic support staff, and, most especially, our coaches and players.”

The NCAA established the GSR in 2002 as a means of understanding student-athletes’ academic completion rates more concretely. It does so by accounting for two groups that play an increasingly prominent role in collegiate athletics: mid-year, first-time enrollees and transfers.

The men’s basketball program recorded a score of 95 percent for the second consecutive year, matching the program high. The football program equaled its previous best of 81, first set in 2014-15.

In the single-year Federal Graduation Rate (FGR), Ohio State’s overall number was up four points to 77 percent. Notable improvements included men’s basketball (10 percent), football (8 percent) and men’s tennis (35 percent due to small squad size).