Wake Forest Excels in NCAA's Graduation Success Rate Report
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Oct. 28, 2014 WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Wake Forest student-athletes registered an overall graduation rate of 94 percent in the latest Graduation Success Rate (GSR) report released by the NCAA on Tuesday.

All 14 Wake Forest programs (the report combines cross country and track) performed better than the national average, and 12 of 14 teams turned in a mark of 90 percent or better.

Additionally, eight Demon Deacons teams recorded a perfect GSR of 100: women's basketball, field hockey, women's golf, women's tennis, volleyball, men's cross country/track, men's golf and men's tennis.

Wake Forest's mark of 94 percent is 12 percent better than the national average and six percent above the average ACC mark of 88.1 percent. Wake Forest had the third-highest mark in the ACC, behind only Notre Dame and Duke.

Demon Deacon football's 90 percent GSR is the highest in eight years, also ranking third in the ACC.

The NCAA also released the Federal Graduation Rates (FGR), in which Wake Forest was at 78 percent, significantly higher than the national average of 66 percent.

Both the GSR and FGR are based upon classes from 2004-07 and show the percentage of student-athletes earning a degree within six years. Unlike the FGR, the GSR includes incoming transfer students as well as students enrolling in the spring semester who receive athletic aid and graduate. The GSR excludes from the calculation student-athletes who leave an institution while academically eligible to compete, such as transfer students.

The less inclusive FGR is limited to individuals in the cohort who entered their freshmen year on athletic aid while also counting any individuals in the cohort that leave the institution as a non-graduate (including transfer students who may graduate elsewhere).

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