Cincinnati Bearcats News: Sets Graduation Success Rate Record

November 17, 2022

UC’s GSR of 95% ranks Top 10 in the country and is tied for first in the AAC

CINCINNATI – The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) announced its latest Graduation Success Rate (GSR) data earlier this week and the University of Cincinnati set a school-record with its 95% rate, topping the previous high of 94% in 2020.  

UC maintained above a 92% GSR for a fourth consecutive year – the four highest-marks from UC in the 18 years that the NCAA has announced the data.

Among NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision schools, UC tied for the ninth-highest graduation rate nationally. The Bearcats tied with Temple and Navy for the highest GSR in the American Athletic Conference.

UC would also be tied with Iowa State for the highest GSR among future Big 12 schools.

“I continue to be impressed by the commitment to academics by our extraordinary student-athletes,” Director of Athletics John Cunningham said. “A school-record Graduation Success Rate truly reflects how well-rounded our Bearcats are, and shows the support and hard work put in by our Student Athlete Support Services (SASS) team and our coaching staffs.

“Earning a degree is huge achievement and the main goal we have for every student that walks on campus at the University of Cincinnati, and to be doing it at a rate among the highest in the entire country is outstanding. When we talk about achieving next-level success in this athletic department, it’s not just lip service, and this is proof.”

Every Cincinnati sport posted an 83 percent or higher GSR with men’s golf, women’s golf, women’s soccer, women’s swimming and diving, women’s tennis and women’s volleyball scoring a perfect 100% GSR.

“John Cunningham, our head coaches and complete support staffs, and our student-athletes make obtaining a degree the top priority here at the University of Cincinnati,” said Dr. Joe Luckey, Executive Senior Associate Athletic Director for Student-Athlete Support Services (SASS). “Our SASS team takes great pride in helping our department break another academic record and continuing to establish UC among the top programs in the country when it comes to graduating student-athletes.”

The data released this week is based upon a six-year cohort and includes only student-athletes who received athletic scholarships, enrolled at Cincinnati as freshmen or incoming transfers from 2012-15, and completed their degree within six years. According to the NCAA, the graduation rate (percent) is based on a comparison of the number of students who entered a college or university and the number of those who graduated within six years. For example, if 100 students entered and 60 graduated within six years, the graduation rate is 60 percent.

Duke 98
Northwestern 98
Notre Dame 97
Vanderbilt 97
Boston College 96
Michigan 96
Stanford 96
Wake Forest 96
Cincinnati, Clemson, Iowa State, Miami OH, Nebraska, Rice, Temple, Navy, Virginia 95

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The University of Cincinnati Department of Athletics competes at the highest level of intercollegiate athletics with the vision to reach Next Level Success for all 18 varsity teams and more than 500 student-athletes. The Bearcats have a proud athletics history, winning eight national championships and 117 conference titles. The Cincinnati men’s basketball team is among the 15 winningest programs all-time, while the football team became the first American Athletic Conference program to compete in the College Football Playoff in 2021. Olympic gold medalist volleyball player Jordan Thompson, NBA Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson and Major League Baseball legend Sandy Koufax are among the several luminaries who have competed as Bearcats.

UC student-athletes collectively posted a 3.369 overall GPA in the spring of 2021 with 77 percent earning spots on the Honor Roll, while six student-athletes collected CoSIDA Academic All-America accolades.

Under the leadership of Director of Athletics John Cunningham, and supported by more than 150 full-time staff membersUC Athletics’ mission is to connect our community, enhance our University and impact the lives of student-athletes as they prepare to change the world on and off the field.

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