Seven ISU sports have grad rates in top two of Big 12

First-semester final exams were held at Iowa State last week. Hopefully, it was a productive week for all students.

Last month, the NCAA released federal government graduation rate figures for student-athletes and overall student bodies.

Once again, ISU posted solid numbers in comparison to its Big 12 peers.

The Cyclones tied (with Kansas) for the fourth-best graduation rate for all student-athletes (64%) . Undergraduates at Iowa State graduated at a 69% rate, third-best in the league.

Data for specific teams showed that Iowa State placed in the top half of the conference in 10 of 14 sports. The Cyclones led or were tied for the conference best grad rate mark in men’s golf, wrestling, women’s golf, gymnastics and swimming, while men’s track and volleyball were second.

Iowa State football tied for fourth, women’s basketball tied for sixth and men’s basketball was eighth.

This data was based upon the academic performance for 2009-10 (also known as the 2003 Freshman Cohort rate in NCAA jargon).

Congratulations to the Cyclones for another good year in the classroom.

P.S. We’ll take a break from this blog for a short time and wish everyone a Happy Holidays!

Reader feedback is welcome at 2minutetimeout@iastate.edu. You can also follow me on Twitter at: twitter.com/SteveMalchow

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