Seawolves Among NCAA’s Best in Graduation Success Rates

Stony Brook’s student-athletes continue to distinguish themselves in the classroom, with six sports graduating at rates above the national average, according to information released Wednesday by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).


Gabe Vazquez ’16 coming from a study session at the Goldstein Family Student-Athlete Development Center.

The annual report, issued by the NCAA, revealed that six of Stony Brook’s sports registered a Graduation Success Rate (GSR) higher than the NCAA Division I institutions national average, including men’s and women’s cross country/track and field and men’s basketball, who each compiled a perfect 100 percent graduation success rate.

The Seawolves men’s cross country/track and field programs placed an impressive 20 points higher than the national average, while the women’s cross country/track and field came in 12 points higher and men’s basketball’s 100 percent rating was 24 points higher.

The Stony Brook baseball program’s rate of 83 percent came in three points higher than the national average of 74 percent, while the women’s basketball program’s rate of 88 percent is a point higher than the national average. The Seawolves football team’s rate of 79 percent is six points higher than the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) national average.

The GSR measures those student-athletes who enrolled in 2009 and graduated within six years. Overall, the GSR for the 2009 cohort at Stony Brook was at 84 percent, three points up from the 2008 cohort, and the highest rate in the school’s history since the NCAA began collecting official GSR data.

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