Broncos Top 20 Nationally in Graduation Rate

Oct. 29, 2014 BOISE, Idaho - The Boise State football team tied for the 18th-highest Graduation Success Rate (GSR) among Football Bowl Subdivision schools, the NCAA announced Tuesday.

Information released by the NCAA includes the 2004-07 cohorts.

The Broncos tied with Tulane with a GSR of 85 percent, well above the national average of 75 percent. This year's score marked the third-straight year above 80 percent.

The team's Federal Graduation Rate of 70 percent led the Mountain West and ranked 16th nationally among FBS schools. The score also marked the fifth-straight year the team saw an increase and far exceeded the national average of 59 percent.

FGR assesses only first-time full-time freshmen in a given cohort and only counts them as academic successes if they graduate from their institution of initial enrollment within a six-year period. It makes no accommodation for transfers into or out of an institution.

GSR begins with the federal cohort, and adds transfer students, mid-year enrollees and non-scholarship students (in specified cases) to the sample. Student-athletes who leave an institution while in good academic standing before exhausting athletics eligibility are removed from the cohort of their initial institution. This rate provides a more complete and accurate look at actual student-athlete success by taking into account the full variety of participants in Division I athletics and tracking their academic outcomes.

Overall, Boise State Athletics achieved a GSR of 79 percent, matching last year's performance and ranking fourth in the MW. Prior to matching last year's total, the school had increased its GSR in each of the three previous years.

Other notable performances by Boise State's programs are detailed below:

The Broncos' women's golf program ranked tied for first in the MW in GSR at 100 percent. The team has achieved nine-straight perfect GSRs.

Boise State gymnastics has achieved 10-straight GSRs above 80 percent.

Men's basketball ranked fourth in the MW with a GSR of 69 percent, in line with the national average of 70 percent. The team's FGR of 43 percent is equal to the national average.

Men's track and field ranked fourth in the league in FGR (68 percent), and its GSR (81 percent) was two points higher than the national average. The team's FGR (68 percent) was three points higher than the national average.

Wrestling has increased both its GSR and FGR in each of the last two years, reaching 75 and 79 percent this year, respectively. The team's FGR is now 18 points higher than the national average (61).

Softball has achieved an 80-percent GSR in each of its two eligible years.

Swimming and diving has steadily increased in the GSR in each of its four eligible years, from 67 in 2004 to 77 in 2007.

Women's tennis has achieved nine-straight GSR scores above 80 percent.

Women's track and field has increased its GSR in three-straight reports, climbing to 76 percent this year.

Volleyball achieved a GSR score of 82, its second-straight year above 80 percent.

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