BC Football Grad Rate Leads the Country

BC Football Grad Rate Leads the Country

University also among the top 10 in Div. 1-A for all student-athletes

Boston College's 95 percent football graduation rate is the best in Division I-A football, according to data released last week by the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

The rankings are determined by federal graduation-rate forms completed annually by all schools offering athletic scholarships and reflect data for freshmen who entered in fall 1996 and had six years to graduate.

"This is great news," said Director of Athletics Gene DeFilippo. "Not only has our football team gone to four straight bowls, it obviously has gone to class. This is a tribute to our players and Learning Resources staff and a testament to the discipline and dedication instilled in our student-athletes by their head coach, Tom O'Brien."

Among institutions that play Division I-A football, BC's graduation rate was followed by Notre Dame (92 percent), Vanderbilt (91 percent), Penn State and Wake Forest (86 percent), Duke and Rice (83 percent), Stanford (82 percent) and Northwestern (81 percent).

"We're very excited about this distinction, but not surprised," said O'Brien, who is in his seventh season as head football coach. "Our players know they are expected to work just as hard in the classroom as they do on the practice field. It is extremely rewarding to know that all of their hard work has paid off. Now that we are champions in the classroom, we will continue our quest to be champions on the field."

The latest announcement marked the third major academic recognition for BC in recent months. Last week, the NCAA announced that BC's graduation rate for all student-athletes (male and female) is the sixth-best among all Division I-A athletics programs. In June, Boston College was honored by the American Football Coaches Association as one of seven institutions nationally to record a graduation rate of 90 percent or better.


Return to Sept. 18 menu.

Return to Chronicle home page