UIC Flames celebrate school record 93% graduation rate
Flames student-athletes achieved a school record 93% graduation rate in the most recent release of academic success data by the NCAA. A two-point increase over last year’s record of 91%, it marks the seventh consecutive year that UIC has raised its student-athlete graduation rate (from 82% in 2016 to 93% this year).
“Academic achievement is a point of pride for UIC student-athletes, who are as competitive in the classroom as they are in competition,” Director of Athletics Michael Lipitz said. “Their collective academic success in recent years is truly remarkable. Special thanks to our faculty, coaches and academic services staff for their collective support.”
Eight Flames teams posted perfect 100% graduation rates: volleyball, men’s tennis, women’s tennis, women’s soccer, women’s golf, women’s cross country and track and field, women’s basketball, and women’s swimming and diving. For volleyball, this marks 12 consecutive years graduating 100% of its student-athletes. Women’s soccer, women’s swimming and diving, and women’s tennis each notched perfect results for the fourth straight year.
UIC softball and men’s swimming and diving also posted strong graduation rates, with both programs recording a 94% graduation rate.
This fall’s graduation rate announcement follows a spring semester in which UIC student-athletes combined to record a 3.27 GPA, the 16th consecutive semester above a 3.0 for the Flames. One-third of UIC’s 300 student-athletes earned Dean’s List honors with GPAs of 3.5 or higher, while 66 recorded perfect 4.0 GPAs. The Flames tennis programs burned brightest in the classroom last spring, with the men’s squad earning a 3.64 GPA and the women’s squad leading all UIC teams with a 3.88 GPA.
“These incredible GSR numbers are a direct result of the continued dedication and commitment of our student-athletes, coaches, administration, and the entire UIC campus community,” said Karen Dixon, associate athletics director for academic services. “I am tremendously proud of our Flames student-athletes and the championship mindset they bring to their academic pursuits every day.”