Basketball graduation success rates: Marquette 100, Indiana 62

Just released by IU– Graduation success rates for Indiana’s athletic program as a whole and for selected individual sports. These numbers involve athletes who enrolled at IU in 1998-2001, meaning most of them would have graduated or otherwise left school sometime in 2002-2006.

Some of the key figures: NCAA Division I (all schools) 78 percent, IU (all sports) 81 percent, IU men’s basketball 62 percent, IU football 68 percent, IU women’s basketball 90 percent.

You can compare that to Marquette basketball under Tom Crean at 100 percent, according to the NCAA figures. I also looked up the rate for Oklahoma men’s basketball for this period under Kelvin Sampson: 55 percent.

Here’s the entire release from IU:

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Student-athletes at Indiana University who enrolled from 1998-2001 earned a Graduation Success Rate (GSR) of 81 percent, a figure which exceeds the NCAA Division I rate which is 78 percent.

The Graduation Success Rate was developed by the NCAA as part of its academic reform initiative to more accurately assess the academic success of student-athletes. It measures those student-athletes who have completed their degree requirements over a six-year period. For full results of all institutions visit

“We are proud of the student-athletes who have upheld the reputation of excellence in the classroom and in competition that has long been associated with Indiana University.,” said IU Director of Athletics Rick Greenspan. “These measures indicate we still remain above our peers when it comes to highly successful and motivated individuals achieving the ultimate goal of graduation. We applaud their determined efforts.”

Under the GSR calculation, institutions are not penalized for outgoing transfer students who leave in good academic standing. These outgoing transfers are essentially passed to the receiving institution’s GSR cohort. It also counts incoming transfer students and midyear enrollees.

Among the highlights at IU:

Men’s and Women’s Golf, Rowing, Women’s Soccer and Women’s Tennis either lead the conference or were tied for the lead with their respective GSR numbers

Men’s Golf, Rowing, Women’s Soccer and Women’s Tennis all achieved a perfect GSR score

Football remains above the national average with a 68% GSR (national average is 66%)

Women’s Basketball is also above the national average with an impressive 90% GSR

Men’s Basketball is right at the national average with a 62% GSR. Coach Tom Crean’s Marquette squad finished with a 100% GSR.

Baseball is also right at the national average for the entering class of 1998-2001 at 68%. Tracy Smith’s program at Miami of Ohio was at 73%.


  1. People should go look at the graduation rate of college students in general, and then they probably wouldn’t be so critical of student athletes not graduating at a 100% clip.

    People might think 55% is really bad, but I bet you that 55% is better than almost every major public university’s graduate rate for all students who enter college as freshmen.

  2. HoosierFan,

    I’ll help you illustrate your point, but the 55% is really, really bad.

    IU Bloomington Graduation Rates of New First-Year Baccalaureate Students, percentage graduated within 6 years:

    1998 = 71%
    1999 = 72%
    2000 = 72%
    2001 = 72%

    These figures were pulled from the IU Fact Book for 2007-2008 and can be found on the IU Bloomington website.

    This also shows that overall the IU Athletes graduate at a higher clip than the standard student body.

  3. I would like to see how IU calculates their graduation rates compared to the way the NCAA calculates graduation rates.

    But you also need to look at other academic institutions than Indiana. I can promise you that all public schools in major conferences do not have graduation rates over 70%. That’s not the norm.

  4. And I know that several of Kelvin Sampson’s players who did not graduate in six years didn’t do so because they went straight from school to go play professional basketball overseas. Those players are earning well over six figures playing basketball in Europe. Those players count against OU’s graduation rate, but they are probably earning five times what the average OU graduate is earning right now.

    This idea that every player who comes in your program should graduate with a college degree in under six years is just absolutely elitist, stupid, and ridiculous. Many of OU’s basketball players did what was best for them, not what was best for the school’s GSR.

  5. Weird that IU would release a presser on this. The student athlete is a joke for the top money makers, while all the other club type sports are true to the NCAAs intentions. NCAA has to stop treating SA’s as a single group

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