NAU student-athletes continue to graduate at a high rate

Spring 2016 graduating student-athletes

Northern Arizona University’s NCAA Graduation Success Rate of 84 percent leads the Big Sky Conference, according to a national report released Tuesday.

NAU’s rate is the second-highest in the state of Arizona among the Regent institutions. The NCAA developed the GSR for Division I institutions in 2002 in response to college and university presidents who wanted more accurate graduation data. 

“I am very proud of our student-athlete’s accomplishments and their dedication to academic excellence,” said NAU President Rita Cheng. “Congratulations to our coaches, Dr. Campos and her staff, and of course our athletes, for achieving an 84 percent graduation success rate for the second year in a row.”

The results of the GSR are a product of our student-athletes, coaches and administration working together to promote a positive learning environment, while providing educational resources and tools to help the student-athletes excel in the classroom.

Three teams posted a 100 percent graduation success rate for NAU. Women’s golf and women’s tennis received perfect marks for the third consecutive year, while women’s soccer recorded a perfect score for the second year in a row. The men’s and women’s basketball teams both earned a 90 percent or better GSR. The men’s basketball program and men’s tennis team both climbed 18 points.

The latest Academic Progress Rate that was released in April showed that all 15 NAU sponsored sports continue to exceed NCAA academic standards for the seventh-straight year.

NAU finished the 2015-16 academic year with a 3.12 overall cumulative grade point average. Fifty-eight student-athletes graduated last school year, while 197 Dean’s List honors were bestowed.