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University of Northern Iowa announces highest-ever graduation rates for student-athletes

CEDAR FALLS - UNI student-athletes set new records in single-year Federal Graduation Rate and Graduation Success Rate during the 2021-22 academic year with the release of the department's latest academic reports.

CEDAR FALLS – UNI student-athletes set new records in single-year Federal Graduation Rate and Graduation Success Rate during the 2021-22 academic year with the release of the department’s latest academic reports.

Federal Graduation Rates (FGR) are calculated based on a comparison of the number of students to enter a college or university in a given academic year and the number of those who graduated within six years of initial enrollment.

UNI student-athletes recorded a single-year FGR of 83% during the 2021-22 academic year, posting a third consecutive year of improvement and outperforming the university’s student body mark of 69%. As laid out in Panthers Rising, UNI Athletics’ strategic plan for success, it is an annual goal for Panther student-athletes to post a higher FGR than the general student body. Additionally, UNI student-athletes have outperformed the student body rate in six of the previous eight years.

Panther athletes also made history by posting a record Graduation Success Rate (GSR) of 91%, which is calculated based on student-athletes who receive athletic financial aid. UNI’s GSR among Panther athletes has improved each of the last three years, surpassing the 90% threshold for the first time in department history, and tying a department record with a single-year improvement of 3%.

“Being a Division I student-athlete takes a great deal of commitment in all aspects of life,” said Stacia Eggers, Senior Associate Athletics Director for Student Service and Senior Woman Administrator. “These graduation rates demonstrate UNI student-athletes’ academic commitment. We are proud of what these students accomplish throughout their college careers and especially proud when we watch them walk across the stage!”

YEAR / FEDERAL GRADUATION RATE / GRADUATION SUCCESS RATE (since 2012-13)

2021-22 / 83% / 91%

2020-21 / 79% / 88%

2019-20 / 67% / 87%

2018-19 / 71% / 87%

2017-18 / 73% / 85%

2016-17 / 66% / 82%

2015-16 / 68% / 80%

2014-15 / 74% / 80%

2013-14 / 63% / 82%

2012-13 / 61% / 84%

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