SHI Stadium Credit: Rutgers University Athletics

Rutgers Athletics set a school record for the fourth consecutive year with an overall Graduation Success Rate (GSR) of 92 in the annual report released by the NCAA. Eight programs earned a perfect rate of 100, while 17 of 20 teams posted marks of 90 or above.
“Our student-athletes, coaches and academic advisors should be commended for another record-setting academic performance,” said Athletic Director Pat Hobbs. “This current GSR score is the culmination of hard work over several years and it shows a level of commitment to academic excellence that is commensurate with the standards of Rutgers University. The investments we have made and continue to make in academic support provide a strong foundation for future success.”
Rutgers Athletics has earned an overall rate of 85 or above for 13 consecutive years. The Scarlet Knights ranked tied for sixth in the Big Ten Conference with its overall score of 92.
All 20 programs recorded a GSR score that was tied or surpassed the federal rate (Division I) within their respective sport in this year’s report, including 12 women’s teams with scores of 92 or above. Six programs on the women’s side posted perfect scores (100). Among Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) institutions, 13 Rutgers programs were above the FBS average in their respective sport.
Twelve of the 20 programs either maintained or increased their GSR from the previous year. Men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s golf, gymnastics, women’s lacrosse, swimming and diving, and tennis were the eight programs to produce a perfect score.
Gymnastics has recorded a 100 in every NCAA report to date, marking 18-straight years. Women’s lacrosse (eight), women’s basketball and swimming and diving (six), women’s golf (five) and women’s tennis (four) have also maintained perfect rates. Men’s basketball and men’s golf posted its second-straight 100.
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 2012-15. 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.

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