Top 25 of 2012: Record athlete graduation rate

Volleyball alumna Kristin Hoffman
Volleyball alumna Kristin Hoffman

As 2012 draws to a close, NIU Today is offering a look back at 25 of the top stories from the year.

No. 18

NIU reached a new high-water mark in graduating its student-athletes in 2012, according to the Graduation Success Rate report from the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

At 83 percent, Northern Illinois’ latest overall Graduation Success Rate (GSR) – which includes student-athletes who entered NIU between 2002-2003 and 2005-06 – is the highest in school history. Northern Illinois ranks second in the Mid-American Conference in GSR, behind Miami (Ohio).

NIU’s GSR topped the 80 percent mark for the fifth consecutive year and is three points higher than the four-class national average, which remained at 80 percent this year.

The Huskies’ 78 percent GSR for male student-athletes also ranked as the Huskies’ top mark ever, and is four points above the national average. The Graduation Success Rate for NIU female student-athletes came in at 91 percent, three points higher than the national average.

The complete story is available online.

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