Wake Forest Student-Athletes Graduating At A High Rate

April 2, 2006

When it comes to graduating its student-athletes, Wake Forest ranks at the top of the Atlantic Coast Conference and throughout the nation, according to the latest statistics provided by the league office and the NCAA.


Wake Forest owns the highest Graduation Success Rate (GSR) among all Atlantic Coast Conference teams for football and men's basketball. For student-athletes who entered school in the 1997-98 school year,Wake Forest leads the ACC with a GSR of 100 percent for men's basketball and 96 percent for football.


When comparing Wake Forest with schools from other major conferences - the Big East, Big Ten, Pac-10 and SEC - the Demon Deacons join Villanova, Illinois and Florida with 100 percent GSRs for men's basketball. Of the Division I football-playing schools from those same conferences, none has a higher GSR than Wake Forest in football.


Wake Forest's graduation success is hardly limited to football and men's basketball. The Wake Forest women's basketball team also sits atop the ACC with a 100 percent GSR.  Baseball has the ACC's third-highest GSR at 81 percent.


For all sports, Wake Forest owns an impressive GSR of 94 percent. Only Clemson (97 percent) and Duke (96 percent) rank higher among ACC schools. The national average GSR is 77 percent.


This report is based on information obtained from the 2005 NCAA Graduation-Rates Report. The report provides graduation information for students and student-athletes who entered in 199. This is the most recent graduating class for which the required six years of information is available.


A graduation rate is based on comparison of the number of students who entered a school and the number of those who graduated within six years. For example, if 100 students entered and 60 graduated, the graduation rate is 60 percent. The four-class average includes those who entered as freshman in 1995-96, 1997-98 and 1998-99.


It should be noted that graduation rates are affected by a number of factors: some students transfer, some may be dismissed for academic deficiencies, some may have to work part-time and need more than six years to graduate.


The Graduation Success Rate (GSR) subtracts students from the entering cohort who are considered allowable exclusions (those who either die or become personally disabled, those who leave school to join the armed forces, foreign services or attend a church mission) as well as those who would have been academically eligible to compete had they returned to the institution.


Men's Basketball GSR

Wake Forest            100%


Football GSR

Wake Forest            96%


Women's Basketball GSR

Wake Forest            100%


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