NCAA Graduation Success Rate Demonstrates NAU’s Academic Priorities

NCAA Graduation Success Rate Demonstrates NAU’s Academic Priorities

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Northern Arizona University shared the top spot in the Big Sky Conference with an NCAA Graduation Success Rate of 84, according to a national report released Wednesday.

The NCAA developed the GSR for Division I institutions in 2002 in response to college and university presidents who wanted more accurate graduation data. NAU’s rate also matches the highest number posted among the three Regents institutions in Arizona.

“I am continually inspired by the dedication, hard work, and ability to achieve outstanding results demonstrated by our students,” said NAU President Rita Cheng. “Student success is at the heart of all we do as an institution, and I am extremely proud of all those who helped make this achievement possible.”

Three teams posted a 100 percent graduation success rate for NAU. Women’s golf and women’s tennis received perfect marks for the second straight year, while women’s soccer increased by nine percent to earn a rate of 100.

Both the women’s basketball and women’s cross country and track and field teams earned a 90 percent or better GSR. The men’s cross country and track and field program also increased its performance from the year before.

“We are very proud to again be leading in the area of academics,” said Lisa Campos, NAU vice president for Intercollegiate Athletics. “This is a credit to the student-athletes who prioritize their academic endeavors and to the coaches and staff who create a culture of academic success.”

NAU’s achievement reflects a record of student-athlete success in academic performance. In May, the latest Academic Progress Rate showed that all 15 NAU sponsored sports are exceeding NCAA academic standards for the sixth straight year.

NAU finished the 2014-15 academic year with a 3.12 overall cumulative grade point average. Sixty-six student-athletes graduated last school year, while 184 Dean’s List honors were bestowed.


Big Sky Conference Graduation Success Rate


84 - Northern Arizona

84 - Montana State

78 - Northern Colorado
77 - Montana
75 - Sacramento State   
66 - Portland State 
70 - Eastern Washington 
69 - Weber State  
63 - Idaho State          

State of Arizona Schools


84 - Northern Arizona

84 - Arizona State

78 - Arizona