Record-Setting Year for Iowa State Athletics
The Iowa State Athletics Department’s combined academic (graduation rate) and competitive (Directors’ Cup) success from last year ranked the University 13th among the nation’s BCS schools and best in the Big 12. The only schools ranked ahead of the Cyclones were Stanford, Duke, Cal, Virginia, North Carolina, Penn State, UCLA, USC, Ohio State, Washington, Minnesota and Florida.
The Cyclones set all-time bests for student-athlete graduation rate (79%) and standing in the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup (34th) in 2009-10. The graduation rate was seventh-best nationally among BCS schools, tops in the Big 12 and better than Iowa State undergraduates. The standing in the national all-sports competitive ranking was the school’s best ever and represented the fifth consecutive year of improvement. Seven Iowa State teams finished in the nation’s Top 25, another record.