NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Rutgers's athletics programs have set a school record with an overall graduation success rate of 89%, according to the NCAA's new annual report.
According to statistics released today for all Division I institutions, seven Rutgers sports programs produced perfect rates of 100% and 17 out of 20 teams earned marks of 80% or above.
"Our student-athletes continue to set records both on the field and in the classroom and that reflects a cultural commitment to succeed as Scarlet Knights," said Director of Athletics Pat Hobbs. "We are very fortunate to have academic support and coaching staffs invested in the personal and professional development of the young men and women we serve. Every day we are proud of our student-athletes, and every day we are given even more reason to be so."
All 20 programs had GSR totals at or above the federal rate within their respective sport in this year's report, highlighted by 11 of 12 women's teams with rates of 92 or above. Among Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) schools, four of eight men's programs were above the FBS average, while 10 of 12 women's teams were at or above the FBS average.
Rutgers women's basketball, field hockey, women's golf, gymnastics, women's lacrosse, swimming & diving and tennis all achieved a perfect GSR of 100. Gymnastics has earned a perfect rate in every NCAA report thus far, marking 15 consecutive years. Women's lacrosse (five), field hockey (four), women's basketball and swimming & diving (three) and women's golf (two) have also maintained streaks of perfect rates. Men's lacrosse (97), baseball (88), softball (84) and wrestling (83) all set program-record rates in this year's report.
Fifteen of 20 programs either maintained their GSR from last year or achieved an increase to boost a Rutgers Athletics program which has earned an overall rate of 85 or above for 10 consecutive years.
Each year, the NCAA publicly announces the GSR of all Division I institutions. This year's numbers reflect an average for students who entered college from 2009-12. The GSR begins with the federal cohort, and adds transfer students, mid-year enrollees and non-scholarship students (in specified cases) to the sample. Student-athletes who leave an institution while in good academic standing before exhausting athletics eligibility are removed from the cohort of their initial institution. This rate provides a more complete and accurate look at actual student-athlete success by taking into account the full variety of participants in Division I athletics and tracking their academic outcomes.
A school-record 276 student-athletes of at least sophomore standing earned Academic All-Big Ten honors in 2018-19, comprised of 145 in the spring, 46 in the winter and 85 in the fall. Among them were a school-record 87 Big Ten Conference Distinguished Scholars with minimum GPAs of 3.70 or above for the academic year.