Tulane leads Louisiana in college student-athlete graduation success rate

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NEW ORLEANS – The NCAA has released the latest Division I graduation rate data, including the division’s Graduation Success Rate (GSR), reflecting outstanding results for Tulane University student-athletes.

Green Wave student-athletes posted an overall GSR of 93 percent, which stands five percentage points above the national average and ranks in the top 20 among all Football Bowl Subdivision institutions. Tulane’s overall GSR is the highest in the state of Louisiana and ranks second in the American Athletic Conference.

“Our student-athletes’ commitment to excellence in the classroom was evident once again, as our men and women exceeded the national graduation success rate average,” Tulane Director of Athletics Troy Dannen said. “Our institution’s commitment to academic achievement and preparing our student-athletes for future success will never waver at Tulane. I would like to congratulate all the student-athletes, coaches and academic support staff for their hard work in this great accomplishment.”

Tulane featured seven teams with a perfect GSR including men’s tennis, women’s basketball, women’s bowling, women’s golf, women’s swimming and diving, women’s cross country/track and women’s volleyball. Tulane’s seven programs with perfect GSR is tied with the University of Cincinnati for the most among all institutions in The American.

“This is truly an outstanding accomplishment for everyone that is connected to our student-athletes,” senior associate athletic director Charvi Greer said. “I could not be prouder of our student-athletes and their successful pursuit of academic excellence at a world class institution.”

The national GSR for the entering class of 2013 dropped by one point from 2012 to 88 percent.

The NCAA developed the Graduation Success Rate (GSR) to more accurately assess the long-term academic success of student-athletes. The rate holds institutions accountable for transfer students, unlike the federal graduation rate. The GSR also accounts for midyear enrollees and is calculated for every sport. Under the calculation, institutions are not penalized for outgoing transfer students who leave in good academic standing. The outgoing transfers are included in the receiving institution’s GSR cohort.

The GSR allows student-athletes six years to earn their degree. The 2019-20 rate is based on student-athletes who entered college in the fall of 2013, the most recent data available. The four-year GSR rate also includes the freshmen classes of 2010, 2011 and 2012. The rate shows the percentage of those student-athletes who earned a degree by the spring of 2019. This marks the 19th year GSR data has been collected.

Tulane University is located in the city of New Orleans. It is a city built on tradition and resiliency. The lessons Green Wave student-athletes have learned through their connection with this university and city have BUILT doctors, lawyers, business leaders, conference champions, all-conference players, All-Americans, professional athletes and NCAA tournament teams. The city of New Orleans has shaped us into who we are today. We are One City. We are Tulane. We are NOLA BUILT. Check out our story at NolaBuilt.com.

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