Others sports with outstanding GSRs include women's cross country and track (98%), soccer (95%), softball (95%), gymnastics (89%), men's cross country and track (88%), women's basketball (86%) and golf (83%).
The women's cross country/track and softball programs ranked first in the Mountain West Conference. The men's and women's tennis program and the men's cross country-track program tied for first in the conference.
The Utah State football team has a GSR of 87 percent tops in the Mountain West Conference. It is first among the other football programs in the state, ahead of Utah (69%), BYU (56%), Southern Utah (52%) and Weber State (48%).
"We're very proud of our student-athletes in persisting to graduation," said USU senior associate athletic director for student services Dr. Brian Evans. "Earning their degree is the ultimate goal, and doing so at a rate of 89 percent is something we can all be proud of."
Among the six Division I schools in the state, Utah State ranks ahead of Utah (83%), BYU (75%), Utah Valley (71%), Weber State (69%) and Southern Utah (69%).
The graduation success rate is based on a comparison of the number of student-athletes who enrolled and the number of those who graduated within six years of initial enrollment. The GSR subtracts student-athletes who depart for allowable exclusions, such as church missions and those who transfer but would have been eligible to compete had they returned to their original school.