November 5, 2015

Oklahoma Sooners Set Record for Graduation Success Rate

The University of Oklahoma set a record with its highest student-athlete Graduation Success Rate, according to information released Wednesday by the NCAA.

Oklahoma has achieved record improvement in its Graduation Success Rate in the last five years, jumping from 71 percent to 84 percent. Wednesday's NCAA report reflects a four-year average beginning with freshmen who enrolled in 2008-09.

"I am really proud of the fact that OU's outstanding athletes are also excelling as students," said OU President David L. Boren. "It is a great source of pride for the entire OU family."

Seven Oklahoma programs registered a 100-percent Graduation Success Rate for the reporting period: men's golf, men's tennis, women's basketball, women's gymnastics, rowing, women's tennis and volleyball.

OU athletics programs with multi-year streaks of a 100-percent Graduation Success Rate are women's tennis (eight years), men's tennis (seven), women's basketball (five), rowing (all three years of the team's existence at OU) and men's golf, women's gymnastics and volleyball (two each).

The Graduation Success Rate for 14 of 17 of Oklahoma's intercollegiate athletics programs either increased or held steady.

"The continued academic achievement and progress of our athletics program is certainly noteworthy, but the real praise should go to the student-athletes who make it a priority to finish their degree along with preparing themselves for life beyond athletics," said OU Vice President and Director of Athletics Joe Castiglione. "In addition, I want to acknowledge the effort our academic and coaching staffs put forth in helping our student-athletes maintain those priorities as they navigate the path to graduation. We're very pleased with the annual improvement in our Graduation Success Rate and will continue to work every day to enhance the student-athlete experience.”

The OU football program's Graduation Success Rate improved by 14 percent to 65 percent this year (compared to 51 percent in 2013).

OU's Graduation Success Rate of 84 percent exceeds the Division I student-athlete national average of 83 percent. Additionally, the single-year (2008-09) OU student-athlete federal graduation rate of 70 percent exceeds the Division I student-athlete national average of 67 percent.

Including the spring 2015 semester, OU student-athletes have registered a cumulative GPA above 3.00 for a record seven consecutive semesters. That cumulative GPA reflects the overall academic performance of those student-athletes from their first semester of collegiate enrollment through the completion of the spring 2015 term.

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Other Big 12 S/A Graduation Rates
OSU - 71
TCU - 88
TEXAS - 85
WVU - 82 

Per NCAA GSR Database

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