ACC Teams Continue To Set High Graduation Success Rate Standard

Conference GSR of 89.3 percent ranks more than five points above national average

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) Report released today.

Teams from ACC institutions rank among the top Division I institutions with an average graduation rate of 89.3 percent, while the NCAA graduation rate is 84 percent nationally. 

“Our schools’ commitment to academic excellence is demonstrated once again in our outstanding graduation success rates,” said ACC Commissioner John Swofford. “The fact that the ACC continues to have the strongest collective numbers among our peers is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our student-athletes, coaches and member institutions.” 

ACC notes include:
  • 10 of 14 ACC Football teams earned a GSR at or above the FBS average of 74. That ties for first among Power 5 conferences, both in terms of percentage and in total number.
  • In the sport of football, the ACC remains the only Power 5 conference to have multiple teams score 90 or higher every year since 2005. Duke (94), Wake Forest (91) and Boston College (90) reached that plateau this year.
  • 9 of 15 ACC Men’s Basketball teams earned a GSR at or above the Div. I average of 76, the most among Power 5 conferences. 
  • In the sport of men’s basketball, Duke and Notre Dame each achieved scores of 100.
  • 8 of 14 ACC Baseball teams earned a GSR above the Div. I average of 79, tying for second among Power 5 conferences.
  • Five ACC Baseball teams achieved GSR scores above 90 – Boston College (96), Notre Dame (95), Clemson (94), Duke (94) and Virginia Tech (91).
  • 10 of 15 ACC Women’s Basketball teams earned a GSR above the Div. I average of 87.
  • This marks the ninth-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, Florida State, Pitt, Virginia and Wake Forest – hit the century mark in the latest report, tying for most among Power 5 conferences.
  • A total of seven 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 2009, the most recent data available. The rate shows the percentage of those student-athletes who earned a degree by the spring of 2015. The four-year cohort of student-athletes who began college in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 is also included. 

This year marks the 16th year that GSR data has been collected. The NCAA began collecting this data with the entering freshman class of 1995.

About the ACC 
The Atlantic Coast Conference, now in its 64th year of competition and 15 members strong, has long enjoyed the reputation as one of the strongest and most competitive intercollegiate conferences in the nation. ACC members Boston College, Clemson, Duke, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Miami, North Carolina, NC State, Notre Dame, Pitt, Syracuse, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest continue to build upon the cornerstones on which the league was founded in 1953 with a consistent balance of academics, athletics and integrity. The ACC currently sponsors 27 NCAA sports – 14 for women and 13 for men – with member institutions located in 10 states. For more information, visit and follow @theACC on Twitter and on Facebook (