Wake Forest Posts High Marks in NCAA's Graduation Success Rate Report
Demon Deacon
Nov. 5, 2015

By Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@DemonDeacons)

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – In the latest Graduation Success Rate (GSR) report released on Wednesday by the NCAA, Wake Forest student-athletes registered at stellar graduation rate of 92 percent. Overall, the figure ties Wake Forest for eighth-best in the nation with three other schools and is nine percent better than the national average of 83 percent.

In all, seven of Wake Forest’s 14 athletic programs (with track & field and cross country combined as one) posted a perfect graduation percentage between 2005-08, including women’s basketball, field hockey, women’s golf, men’s tennis, women’s tennis, men’s track and women’s volleyball. Ten of Wake Forest’s programs finished at 90 percent or above while eleven posted marks better than the national average of 83 percent.

Among women’s programs, Wake Forest’s 98 percent GSR tied the Deacs for fifth nationally after four programs tied for first at 99 percent. Among men’s programs, Wake Forest finished tied for eighth with four other programs at 88 percent GSR.

The football program matched its 90 percent GSR from last year’s report and finished second in the ACC, only behind Duke at 94 percent. With Wake Forest and Duke scoring 90 percent or higher, the two schools have made the ACC the only Power 5 conference to have had multiple football teams score 90 or above each year since 2005.

Wake Forest helped the ACC continue its run of consecutive years dating back to 2005 in having multiple teams score a 90 or higher. The ACC is the only Power 5 conference to have achieved the feat.

The NCAA also released the Federal Graduation Rates (FGR). Wake Forest posted a score of 77 percent, which is 10 points higher than the national average of 67 percent.

Both the GSR and FGR are based upon classes from 2005-08 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 any 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 freshman year on athletic aid while also counting any individuals in the cohort that leave the institution as non-graduate (including transfer students who may graduate elsewhere).

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