Wake Forest Athletics Sets School Record with 95% Graduation Rate

Nov. 6, 2012

With 12 of its 14 squads reporting perfect scores, the Wake Forest athletics department produced a school-record graduation rate of 95 percent in classes of student-athletes entering the University from 2001-02 through 2002-05 according to statistics compiled by the NCAA. The Graduation Success Rate, the association's metric for degree attainment, was released for the eighth year last week.

Wake Forest's 95-percent figure represents an increase from last year's rate of 94 percent, tied for sixth place in the NCAA's 124-member Football Bowl Subdivision and places the University in the Top 8 percent in all of Division I, which numbers more than 330 schools. All Demon Deacon teams graduated at 86 percent or better and placed among the Top 10 percent nationally in their respective sports.

In terms of athletics competition, the study covers Demon Deacons who participated from 2001-02 through 2009-10. In that time, Wake Forest teams won three NCAA championships in field hockey (2002-04) and one in men's soccer (2007). Wake Forest is therefore one of only four Division I institutions that won titles in multiple sports while producing a GSR of 95 percent or higher during the span in question.

In all, the University fields 18 teams according to most NCAA calculations. For the purposes of the GSR, cross country, indoor track and field and outdoor track and field are combined into one squad known collectively as Track. That explains why only 14 unique Deacon teams are represented in the report.

The GSR differs from the U.S. Department of Education's graduation figures in one main area: Unlike the federal statistics, the GSR's calculation process excludes student-athletes who transfer to another institution while in good academic standing. Wake Forest's 80-percent federal graduation rate for student-athletes is also among the Top 10 percent of Division I schools.

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