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Student-Athlete Graduation Rate Strong


By Office of News & Public Affairs |

Published: Oct. 31, 2013

Boston College ranks fifth in the nation for overall Graduation Success Rate (GSR) in all sports among FBS (Football Bowl Subdivision) schools, according to data released this month by the National Collegiate Athletic Association. BC’s GSR score of 96 was topped only by Notre Dame (99), Duke (98), Stanford (97) and Northwestern (97).

Only nine other schools received an overall GSR of over 90: Wake Forest (94), Rice (94), Miami, Fla. (92), Vanderbilt (91), Air Force (90), Army (90), Illinois (90), Navy (90), Virginia Tech (90).

In addition, the football team’s score of 94 was best in the Atlantic Coast Conference and tied for third in the nation. Only eight FBS institutions received a football GSR of 90 or better. Those schools are Northwestern (97), Rice (96), Boston College (94), Notre Dame (94), Stanford (93), Air Force (93), Duke (92) and Boise State (91).

Fourteen BC sports teams received a perfect GSR score of 100: men’s fencing, men’s golf, men’s skiing, men’s swimming, women’s basketball, women’s rowing, women’s field hockey, women’s ice hockey, softball, women’s skiing, women’s soccer, women’s swimming, women’s tennis and women’s volleyball.

The NCAA developed the Graduation Success Rate as part of its academic reform initiative 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.

More information about the GSR report may be found at the NCAA’s website,

—Boston College Athletics