BC Athletes Again Rank High in Graduation Rates

BC Athletes Again Rank High in Graduation Rates

By Reid Oslin
Staff Writer

Boston College ranks among the nation's top five major sports-playing schools in student-athlete graduation rates, according to the annual graduation survey published Nov. 20 by the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

The latest graduation figures, which include freshmen entering in the 1993-94 academic year, indicate that 83 percent of Boston College's scholarship athletes received their degrees within the six-year period covered by the study. The University's overall graduation rate for freshmen entering that year is 87 percent.

Besides Boston College, Northwestern (93 percent), Notre Dame (92), Duke University (89) and Stanford (87) have the top graduation rates of all universities that play Division 1-A football and compete at the Division 1 level in all other sports.

The average student-athlete graduation rate of Division 1 institutions is 58 percent, according to the NCAA study.

"Once again, we are very, very proud of our overall graduation rate for student-athletes," said Athletic Director Gene DiFilippo. "Boston College continues to exemplify the term 'student-athlete.'"

DeFilippo noted that the graduation rate of Boston College student-athletes has remained in the 85 percent range for the past 10 years. "We have students who come to Boston College first to earn a terrific degree," he said. "They are also privileged to participate in intercollegiate athletics.

"We are proud of our student-athletes and proud of our Learning Resources Department staff," DeFilippo said. "This is a huge tribute to our student-athletes as well as the outstanding faculty at Boston College."

Boston College student-athletes in baseball, men's basketball, women's basketball and men's track and field who entered as freshmen in 1993 had 100 percent graduation rates, according to the NCAA report.


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