Columbus, OH, United States (4E Sports) – The Ohio State Buckeyes football posted a graduation success rate of 75 percent, tied for fifth in the Big Ten, while its basketball team only had 46 percent.
Data released by the NCAA Thursday for student-athletes that entered college between 2003 and 2006 revealed that Northwestern with 97 percent, Penn State (85), Iowa (81) and Nebraska (76) have the highest graduation rates in the Big Ten.
The Buckeyes are tied with Minnesota and were ahead of Illinois with 73, Wisconsin (72), Michigan State (70), Indiana (67), Michigan (66) and Purdue (64).
The national average for major college football teams is 71 percent.
The Buckeyes GSR of 75 was an improvement over the last three years, when it was 74, 67 and 64.
Meanwhile, the Buckeyes basketball team ranked 10th in the Big Ten. Penn State and Illinois both had 100 percent, while the only schools behind Ohio State were Wisconsin (44) and Indiana (43).
The Buckeyes’ current GSR was an improvement from last year’s 45. Its highest rating in the nine years of the data was a 64 percent three years ago.
Overall, all Ohio State sports had a GSR of 89 percent, ahead of the national average of 81 percent. The 81 percent average for the NCAA was an all-time high.