UNC above national average in NCAA GSR

Posted by Andrew Carter on October 25, 2013 

— North Carolina’s Graduation Success Rate is 86 percent – five percentage points higher than the national average. The NCAA released its most recent GSR figures on Thursday.

The current GSR is based on athletes who entered as freshmen between the 2003-04 and 2006-07 academic years. Athletes are given six years to graduate, and those who transfer or leave school in good academic standing don’t count against a team’s GSR.

Ten UNC teams have a GSR of 100 percent: men’s and women’s fencing, field hocky, women’s golf, gymnastics, rowing, women’s swimming and diving, men’s and women’s tennis and volleyball.

Here’s UNC’s GSR score by sport, along with the federal graduation rate in each sport. In the federal rate, transfers and early departures count against the score.

Sport GSR Fed Rate
Baseball9440
Men's basketball9060
Women's basketball7979
Men's cross country/track8571
Women's cross country/track9575
Women's crew/rowing10081
Men's fencing100n/a
Women's fencing100n/a
Football6552
Field hockey10092
Men's golf7878
Women's golf100100
Gymnastics10091
Men's lacrosse8981
Women's lacrosse9696
Men's soccer7459
Women's soccer6769
Men's swimming/diving9292
Women's swimming/diving10096
Men's tennis10088
Women's tennis10089
Volleyball10083
Wrestling8179

And some statements, released by UNC …

From athletic director Bubba Cunningham: “We want every student to graduate from Carolina and today’s results indicate that our student-athletes are working hard toward reaching that goal. There’s always room to improve and we are working closely with the provost, the Academic Support Program and faculty to develop outstanding strategies in all the areas that touch our students’ academic lives to help them reach those goals.”

From Michelle Brown, director of academic support for athletes: “The release of the Graduation Success Rates is an opportunity for us to acknowledge and celebrate the academic achievements of our student-athletes. We take great pride in their academic success and our University is committed to supporting them in those endeavors.”

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