Oct. 24, 2013
ATHENS, Ga. --- University of Georgia student-athletes graduated at a rate of 83% in the latest NCAA Graduation Success Rate (GSR) survey period according to figures released Thursday by the NCAA.
That's up from 81% a year ago and is the highest graduation percentage for the Bulldogs since the GSR was implemented in 2005. The 2012 rate was 81%. Georgia's overall graduation rate of 83% ranks fourth best among all SEC schools.
Four sports scored a perfect 100%: women's basketball, gymnastics, softball, and women's tennis. Three sports remained the same as 2012, all at 100%: gymnastics, softball, and women's tennis. The biggest jump in graduation rates was recorded by men's basketball (from 50% to 63%), football (from 69% to 82%), and men's cross country/track and field (from 67% to 79%).
Among Southeastern Conference schools, Georgia was first in six sport categories-- football (82%); 2006 football freshmen (79%), women's basketball (100%), softball (100 %), gymnastics (100%), and women's tennis (100 %). Georgia was in the top five among SEC schools in six other sports: women's swimming and diving (3rd, 96%), men's swimming and diving (4th, 83%), soccer (4th, 96%), women's cross country/track and field (4th, 91%), men's cross country/track and field (5th, 79%), and men's basketball (5th, 63%)
In the GSR four-year average rate, University of Georgia athletic teams improved in seven sports including men's basketball, men's cross country/track and field, football, men's tennis, women's basketball, soccer, and women's swimming and diving.
The four-year average rate includes not only freshmen but transfers in and out of the institution. The current report tracks the freshman classes of 2003-2004-2005-2006.
"It's gratifying to see our overall rate continue to improve and that some sports made significant jumps in their scores," said UGA Director of Athletics Greg McGarity. "We're also pleased to rank at or near the top in both overall and several individual sports among our SEC peer institutions.
The report is encouraging and while there's always room for continued improvement, credit is due to our coaches and academic support staff for their diligence in both the academic emphasis and overall well-being of our student-athletes."
2013 UGA Graduation Success Rate Report
|Men's Cross Country/Track||45||67||69||68||79||67||79|
|Wms Cross Country/Track||69||64||72||75||85||95||91|