ACC Teams Continue To Set High Graduation Success Rate Standard

Conference GSR of 88.9 percent ranks nearly six points above national average

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

Teams from ACC institutions rank among the top Division I institutions with an average graduation rate of 88.9 percent, while the NCAA graduation rate is 83 percent nationally. 

“Our schools have once again exemplified our league’s commitment to academic excellence,” said ACC Commissioner John Swofford. “The ACC is proud to have the strongest collective balance of academics and athletics of any major conference.” 

ACC notes include:

  • 11 of 14 ACC football teams (78.6 percent) earned a GSR at or above above the FBS average of 72. That leads all Power 5 conferences, both in terms of percentage and in total number.
  • 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. Duke and Wake Forest reached that plateau this year.
  • 8 of 15 ACC Men’s basketball teams earned a GSR at or above the Div. I average of 74 tying for the highest number among Power 5 conferences.
  • In the sport of men’s basketball, Duke and Notre Dame each achieved scores of 100.
  • 9 of 15 ACC Women’s Basketball teams earned a GSR above the Div. I average of 86.
  • 2015 marks the eighth-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. Five ACC teams – Boston College, Clemson, Duke, Pitt and Wake Forest – hit the century mark in the latest report, tying for second-most among Power 5 conferences.
  • 9 of 14 ACC Baseball teams earned a GSR above the Div. I average of 77, the second most among Power 5 conferences.
  • The ACC leads all Power 5 conferences with four baseball teams (Boston College, Duke, Georgia Tech and Notre Dame) scoring 95 or better, and Duke is one of just two Power 5 programs nationally to score 100.
  • A total of eight ACC teams achieved GSR scores of 100 in the sports of football, men’s basketball, women’s basketball and baseball.
  • 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 2008, the most recent data available. The rate shows the percentage of those student-athletes who earned a degree by the spring of 2014. The four-year cohort of student-athletes who began college in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008 is also included.

This year marks the 15th year that GSR data has been collected. The NCAA began collecting this data with the entering freshman class of 1995.

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