ACC Teams Continue to Lead the Nation in Graduation Success Rate

Oct. 25, 2011

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 as the NCAA graduation rates hit an all-time high of 82 percent nationally. ACC notes include:

  • The ACC leads all BCS AQ conferences in the number of teams above the average score in football and baseball
  •  In the sport of football, the ACC is the only BCS AQ conference to have multiple teams score 90 or higher every year since 2005 and the only BCS AQ conference to have seven teams score above the average
  • The ACC is one of only two BCS AQ conferences to have two men’s basketball teams score 100 or higher in 2011
  • 2011 marks the fifth straight year that the ACC has had at least four women’s basketball programs score 100, making it the only BCS AQ conference to do so

The NCAA developed the Graduation Success Rate to more accurately assess the academic success of student-athletes. 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.

By counting incoming transfer students and midyear enrollees, the GSR increases the total number of student-athletes tracked for graduation by 37 percent. The most recent Division I Graduation Success Rates are based on the four entering classes from 2001-2002 through 2004-05. Nearly 105,000 student-athletes are included in the most recent four classes using the GSR methodology, as compared to about 76,500 in the federal rate.

This year marks the 11th year that GSR data have been collected. The NCAA began collecting this data with the entering freshmen class of 1995.