Oct. 25, 2012
STORRS, Conn. - Fourteen of the University of Connecticut's 19 athletic program have graduation rates at or above the national average in their sports while five Husky teams had a perfect 100 as the NCAA released its Graduation Success Rate for all member institutions on Thursday.
The UConn rowing, field hockey, lacrosse, softball and women's tennis programs all had perfect 100 GSR scores. Rowing was eight points above the national average, while field hockey was six points above, lacrosse three points above, softball 11 points above and women's tennis seven points above.
Other UConn teams that rated above the national average were: baseball (80 GSR, 6 points above national average), women's basketball (92 GSR, six points above national average), women's cross country and track and field (88 GSR, two points above national average), football (69 GSR, one point above national average), men's ice hockey (85 GSR, five points above nation average), women's ice hockey (94 GSR, three points above national average), men's soccer (92 GSR, 15 points above national average), women's soccer (92 GSR, two points above national average) and men's swimming and diving (86 GSR, even with national average).
"I want to congratulate the student-athletes on all our teams for their outstanding success in the classroom," said UConn Director of Athletics Warde Manuel. "The commitment of our Husky student-athletes to excellence in both academics and athletics is a source of pride to our entire University. I want to thank the coaching staffs of all our sports and the staff of the Counseling Program for Intercollegiate Athletics for all their efforts in supporting the academic success of student-athletes ."
The average rates above are based upon scores from all NCAA FBS schools. The GSR data show the percentage of student-athletes earning a degree within six years of entering college. The NCAA developed the GSR to account for student-athletes not tracked by the federal graduation rate. The 2012 GSR numbers are based on entering classes from 2002 to 2005. UConn has a total of 24 sports, but the number is based on 19 sports because cross country, indoor track and outdoor track teams are counted as one sport and UConn does not offer first-year financial aid in the sport of golf.