October 25, 2012 at 5:44 PM
The Penn State football team ranked No. 7 (tied with Rutgers) out of 120 FBS football programs in the NCAA's annual study of school's GSRs (graduation success rate).
The Nittany Lions scored a 91 percent GSR, 11 points better than "the 80 percent average for all Division I institutions for [all student-athletes] entering from 2002-03 through 2005-06."
All Penn State student-athletes earned an 88 percent GSR, behind Northwestern (97 percent) and Illinois (89 percent) in the Big Ten.
“Penn State student-athletes have long represented the best in intercollegiate sports, with high caliber team play and outstanding scholarship. This year, the NCAA Graduation Success Rate for Penn State student-athletes ranks among the very best in the nation; our football graduation rates are Penn State records and stellar achievements,” President Rodney Erickson said in a press release. “This is a real credit to our student athletes, coaches and the staff members who support their academic success.”