The University of Utah’s varsity athletes are graduating at a higher rate than the general student population and 83 percent of them will graduate within six years from the time they enrolled as freshmen, according to the NCAA Graduation Success Rate (GSR) for 2012-13.
Utah’s GSR ranked first or tied for first in the Pac-12 in five sports. Men’s and women’s tennis, gymnastics and soccer all received 100 percent scores over the six-year period starting in 2006, while men’s basketball tied Stanford for first place at 83 percent. It is the third straight year of perfect scores for the gymnastics and tennis teams. Also in the top three in the Pac-12 were baseball (77%), football (73%) and women’s basketball (93%). Six sports improved their overall GSR from a year ago, including men’s basketball by 10 percent and football by 7 percent.
Additionally, nine Utah teams met or exceeded the overall Division I GSR for their sport: football, men’s and women’s basketball, gymnastics, baseball, men’s and women’s tennis, soccer and volleyball.
The Utes also fared better than the general student population on the Federal Graduation Rate (FGR), which does not make an accommodation for transfers or students who serve missions. The FGR reports 61 percent of the U.’s student-athletes graduating within six years compared to 59 percent for the general student population.
The Utes fared 22 percentage points better on the GSR than the FGR and their 83 percent rate is considered a more accurate reflection of a student-athlete’s academic success because it allows for a variety of circumstances. For instance, while the GSR begins with the federal cohort, it does not penalize an institution for student-athletes who transfer to another school while in good academic standing or go on missions, and it also tracks midyear enrollees and some non-scholarship athletes.