Gopher graduation rates up again

November 18, 2016
Gopher student-athletes pose in graduation gowns.

University of Minnesota student-athletes have again posted an impressive Graduation Success Rate (GSR), the latest in a trend of impressive academic and graduation numbers for Gopher student-athletes. This year’s GSR of 90 percent is two percentage points higher than last year and 23 points higher than Minnesota’s first GSR, released by the NCAA in 2005.

“We regularly talk with our students, our coaches and our staff about doing things the right way, and a big piece of that for me is focusing on academics, working hard in the classroom and ensuring our students are graduating,” said athletics director Mark Coyle. “I appreciate the commitment to academics shown by our students and our outstanding staff every day.” 

The GSR represents data from first-time freshmen, student-athletes who entered at midyear, and student-athletes who transferred into the University of Minnesota between 2006 and 2009.

"Our student-athletes continue to achieve tremendous results in the classroom,” said JT Bruett, director of the McNamara Academic Center for Student-Athletes. “There is nothing more important than for a student-athlete to receive their undergraduate degree. At the University of Minnesota student-athletes, coaches, and staff all work together to make this our top priority."