October 25, 2013

UNC above national average in NCAA GSR

UNC’s GSR of 86 percent ranks five points above the national average.

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
Baseball 94 40
Men's basketball 90 60
Women's basketball 79 79
Men's cross country/track 85 71
Women's cross country/track 95 75
Women's crew/rowing 100 81
Men's fencing 100 n/a
Women's fencing 100 n/a
Football 65 52
Field hockey 100 92
Men's golf 78 78
Women's golf 100 100
Gymnastics 100 91
Men's lacrosse 89 81
Women's lacrosse 96 96
Men's soccer 74 59
Women's soccer 67 69
Men's swimming/diving 92 92
Women's swimming/diving 100 96
Men's tennis 100 88
Women's tennis 100 89
Volleyball 100 83
Wrestling 81 79

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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