UIC Student-Athletes' Graduation Rates at All-Time High

Athletic Director Jim Schmidt

Athletic Director Jim Schmidt

Oct. 26, 2012

CHICAGO - UIC student-athletes continue to graduate at a rate well above the national average, as well as competitively within the Horizon League, per the release of the Graduation Success Rate report from the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

At 84 percent, UIC's latest overall Graduation Success Rate (GSR) - which includes student-athletes who entered the University between 2002-2003 and 2005-06 - out-paces the national average of 80 percent. It also represents the fourth-highest clip among the nine members in the Horizon League.

"I'd like to commend our current and former student-athletes for achieving a very high mark in the latest Graduation Success Report," said Athletic Director Jim Schmidt. "When I speak to UIC fans and potential donors, I always reference our recent success in the classroom and the fact that our student-athletes graduate at a rate considerably above the national average, and significantly higher than regular students. It takes a dedicated commitment from not only the student-athletes, but also our coaches and academic staff. Everyone has worked together to achieve this high GSR mark."

Of UIC's 14 sports that were measured during the cohort years (women's golf did not apply after being introduced as a varsity sport in 2010), nine finished at or above the national GSR average. The women's tennis and volleyball teams, along with the men's gymnastics and men's tennis programs, each graduated 100 percent of its student-athletes during the measured period. UIC's baseball, men's soccer, men's swimming, women's cross country/track and softball teams all finished well above the national average for their respective sports.

The GSR has been used by the NCAA as an academic assessment tool for the last 11 years, and is seen as the most accurate measure of a school's ability to graduate student-athletes. Unlike the federal graduation rate, the GSR holds institutions accountable for transfer students and accounts for mid-year enrollees. Universities are not penalized for outgoing transfer students who leave in good academic standing, while incoming transfer students and midyear enrollees are included in the calculation.

The GSR for the last four graduating classes of all Division I student-athletes (2002-05) remains at 80 percent, still an all-time high for the NCAA. The complete Graduation Success Rate report for all Division I schools, including a searchable historical database and the Federal Graduation Rate data, is available online at