Student-athletes set new record for graduation rate

The Goldy Gopher statue outside of the student union

The University of Minnesota continues to raise its academic standards, as Golden Gopher student-athletes posted another school record in the NCAA's latest Graduation Success Rate (GSR) report. 

With a 96 percent graduation rate, Minnesota shares the highest figure among Power Five–conference public institutions, along with South Carolina. Gopher student-athletes have now recorded the four highest GSR marks in school history over the last four years, with 94 percent in both 2020 and 2019 and 93 percent in 2018. Minnesota ranks second in the Big Ten in the current GSR data behind only Northwestern. 

This year's GSR primarily focuses on the six-year cohort who came to the U as freshmen in 2014. The GSR shows the percentage of student-athletes on any given team who earn a college degree within six years of starting school. It represents data from first-time freshmen, student-athletes who entered midyear, and student-athletes who transferred to the University of Minnesota between 2011 and 2014. It excludes student-athletes who transfer from the University in good academic standing.

"It's no surprise that our student-athletes display the same level of dedication to earning their degrees as they do while representing the University of Minnesota in athletic competition," says JT Bruett, director of the Lindahl Academic Center. "They have continued to raise the academic standard for Gopher Athletics year after year and score after score, and we are incredibly proud of their efforts."