Graduation Success Rate for UI Student-Athletes Announced

IOWA CITY, Iowa — According to the NCAA’s annual report on the academic successes across the country, University of Iowa student-athletes graduated at a rate of 89 percent, when the rate was calculated using the criteria for the NCAA’s Graduation Success Rate (GSR).

 Eleven Hawkeye teams posted a score at or above their score from 2022, eight teams were at or above the national average GSR., and all of Iowa’s teams are above a 75 percent GSR.

“This year’s Graduation Success Rate is a reflection of the continued dedication and hard work of our student-athletes, coaches, staff and faculty,” said Henry B. and Patricia B. Tippie Interim Director of Athletics Chair Beth Goetz. “Hawkeye student-athletes have demonstrated that academic achievement can be coupled with athletics success. We are incredibly proud of our student-athletes for maintaining academic excellence and earning degrees at such a high rate.”

The Graduation Rates Institution Report gives graduation information about the most recent six-year graduating class of students and student-athletes who entered as freshmen in 2016-17. The Federal Graduation Rate indicates the percentage of freshmen who entered and received athletics aid during a given academic year who graduated within six years. The GSR adds to the first-time freshmen, those students who entered midyear as well as student athletes who transferred into an institution and received athletics aid.

Iowa’s 75 percent of the 2016 cohort is competitive with non-student-athletes (74 percent-2016 cohort). Iowa’s FGR of 69 four-class average percent ties the national average.

The NCAA introduced the GSR in 2005 to more accurately assess the academic success of student-athletes. Unlike the federal graduation rate, the GSR holds institutions accountable for transfer students. The GSR also accounts for midyear enrollees.