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Penn State Student-Athlete Graduation Rates Blow Away National Averages

The latest NCAA study of the Graduation Success Rate (GSR) revealed that, unsurprisingly, Nittany Lions are among the best at keeping the main thing the main thing.

Penn State reported on the study, which took into account students who entered college in the 2005-06 academic year to the 2008-09 academic year. It also provided a chart explaining all of the ways in which Penn State surpasses national averages (spoiler: there are a lot).

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It’s hard to see specifics on the graphic, but Penn State is the dark blue bar and the national average is light blue. Penn State surpasses the average in every category, and some highlights on the four-year GSR chart are all students’ 86 percent GSR surpassing the average of 64, student-athletes’ 88 surpassing 83, and the biggest margin on there, men’s basketball’s 100 percent GSR smoking the average of 74.

The study’s findings are similar to last year’s, as Penn State beat the national average in every measured category.

“Once again, Penn State student-athletes have shown their dedication and commitment — not only to their sport — but more importantly to their academics,” said Penn State President Eric Barron. “Student-athletes possess tremendous discipline and drive, and we are enormously proud of their accomplishments. In turn, our coaches and our staff members have shown strong leadership and support for Penn State athletes who are gaining the education and skills needed to be successful in their professional lives beyond sports. Congratulations to everyone who is a part of this tremendous story of achievement.”

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Doug Leeson

Doug is a sophomore and Onward State's Assistant Managing Editor. Dislikes: popcorn, Rutgers, and a low #TimberCount. Likes: "Frozen," Rec Hall, and you. Contact him via email at [email protected] or on Twitter @DougLeeson.


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