Wake Forest Excels Again in Annual NCAA GSR Report
Nov. 21, 2016

By Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@DemonDeacons)

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – The NCAA issued its annual release of the Graduation Success Rate (GSR) late last week and in this year’s report, Wake Forest student-athletes registered an excellent graduation rate of 92 percent. The figure stands eight percentage points ahead of the national average of 84.

In all, six Demon Deacon programs hit the century mark in this year’s release including student-athletes from 2006-09. The six programs included volleyball, women’s tennis, men’s tennis, field hockey, women’s basketball and women’s golf. With cross country and track & field combined as one program, 11 programs checked in at 91 percent or better and 12 registered marks above the national average for its respective sport. As a conference, the ACC posted a GSR of 89.3 percent with Wake Forest fourth behind Notre Dame (98), Duke (97) and Boston College (95).

In football, Wake Forest checked in at 91 percent, which is the third-highest mark in program history and the highest since 2005-06, the second year of the report. Combined with Duke and Boston College, Wake Forest helped the ACC remain as the only Power 5 to have multiple teams score higher than 90 every year since 2005.

Pertaining to women’s basketball, Wake Forest is one of five ACC programs that checked in at 100 percent. The Demon Deacon women’s basketball program has hit the century mark every year since the GSR was first reported in 2004-05. Wake Forest’s volleyball, women’s tennis, women’s golf and men’s tennis programs also have posted 100 percent in every release of the GSR to date.

The NCAA also released the Federal Graduation Rates (FGR) with the report. Wake Forest checked in at 78 percent, which is 12 percent higher than the national average of 66 percent. The Demon Deacon mark checks in tied for third in the ACC behind Notre Dame (90) and Duke (85) and is tied with Virginia.

Both the GSR and FGR are based upon classes from 2006-09 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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