Nebraska Athletics Excels in Graduation Success Rate

Written byMatt Smith

Nebraska Athletics continues to rank highly in the classroom among its peers in the Big Ten Conference and at the national level. The NCAA released its Graduation Success Rate (GSR) information on Wednesday, with Nebraska posting a 94 percent rate among all student-athletes.

This marks the sixth consecutive year Nebraska’s rate has been at 90 percent or higher, including four consecutive years at 94 percent or higher. Once again, Nebraska’s all student-athlete GSR above the national average of 90 percent among Division I schools. It is also the sixth consecutive year that Nebraska’s all student-athlete GSR was ranked in the top 15 among the 111 public FBS institutions.

“The continued success in the classroom at Nebraska is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our student-athletes,” Director of Athletics Trev Alberts said. “The young women and men in our programs are achieving at a high level both academically and athletically and are making earning a degree from the University of Nebraska a priority.  I also can’t say enough about our fantastic academic support staff and our coaches for prioritizing success in the classroom.”

The Huskers’ impressive GSR score includes 11 programs that achieved a perfect 100 percent GSR. Those teams include bowling, women’s basketball, women’s golf, women’s gymnastics, women’s tennis, rifle, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, volleyball and men’s tennis. The women’s basketball, women’s tennis and volleyball programs have achieved a perfect GSR each of the 19 years the rate has been computed by the NCAA.

The impressive GSR rate continues Nebraska Athletics’ long history of academic achievement. Nebraska leads all Division I programs with 351 Academic All-Americans in school history across all sports. Nebraska also leads the nation with 18 NCAA Today’s Top 10 Award winners.

The GSR is a measurement that, unlike the federally mandated graduation rates, includes transfer data in the calculation. The GSR data released Wednesday is based on four classes of scholarship student-athletes who entered college in the fall of 2013 to the fall of 2016.

The GSR allows for a six-year window in which the student-athlete can earn his or her degree. Although the GSR includes student-athletes who transferred to Nebraska, it does not count student-athletes who transferred to another school and were academically eligible at the time of their transfer.