ACC Teams Continue to Set High Graduation Success Rate Standard


GREENSBORO, N.C. – The Atlantic Coast Conference’s presence in the forefront of academic success was demonstrated once again in the latest NCAA Graduation Success Rates (GSR) released today.

Teams from ACC institutions rank among the top Division I institutions with an average graduation rate of 88 percent, while the NCAA graduation rate is 81 percent nationally.

ACC notes include:

• 9  of 14 ACC football teams earned a GSR above the FBS average of 70, tied for highest of any Power 5 conference.

• 11  of 15 ACC Men’s basketball teams earned a GSR above Div. I average of 70. The next closest Power 5 conferences each had six

• 11 of 14 ACC Baseball teams earned a GSR above Div. I average of 74, the highest of any Power 5 conference.

• 11 of 15 ACC Women’s Basketball teams earned a GSR above Div. I average of 85, tied for highest of any Power 5 conference.

• In the sport of football, the ACC is the only Power 5 conference to have multiple teams score 90 or higher every year since 2005.

• In the sport of men’s basketball, the ACC is the only Power 5 conference to have four teams score 90 or higher in 2013 with Duke and Notre Dame each scoring 100.

• The ACC leads all Power 5 conferences with three baseball teams (Duke, Miami and Notre Dame) scoring 100.

• 2013 marks the sixth-straight year that the ACC has had at least four women’s basketball programs score 100, making it the only Power 5 conference to do so. Seven teams – Boston College, Clemson, Duke, Notre Dame, Pitt, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest – hit the century mark in the latest report.

• A total of 12 ACC teams achieved scores of 100 in the sports of football, men’s basketball, women’s basketball and baseball. The next highest number among Power 5 conferences was eight.

The Graduation Success Rate was developed by the NCAA as part of its academic reform initiative as a better measure of student-athlete academic success.  The rate holds institutions accountable for transfer students, unlike the federal graduation rate. The GSR also accounts for midyear enrollees and is calculated for every sport.

Under the calculation, institutions are not penalized for outgoing transfer students who leave in good academic standing.  The outgoing transfers are included in the receiving institution’s GSR cohort.

The  GSR allows student-athletes six years to earn their degree. This year’s rate is based on student-athletes who entered college in the fall of 2006, the most recent data available. The rate shows the percentage of those student-athletes who earned a degree by the spring of 2012. The four-year cohort of student-athletes who began college in 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006 is also included.

The federal graduation rate, which is less accurate than GSR because it counts transfer students as academic failures, is the only rate that allows comparison between the general student body at a school and its student-athletes.

This year marks the 12th year that GSR data have been collected. The NCAA began collecting this data with the entering freshman class of 1995.