Athens, GA - University of Georgia student-athletes graduated at a rate of 77% for the latest NCAA Graduation Success Rate (GSR) survey period according to figures released Wednesday by the NCAA. That’s up from 75% a year ago and is the highest percent for the Bulldogs since the GSR was implemented in 2005.
In the GSR four-year average rate, University of Georgia athletic teams improved in eight sports including football, men’s basketball, men’s golf, women’s cross country/track, women’s golf, soccer, softball, and women’s swimming and diving. Three sports repeated their 2009 score of a perfect 100%--men’s swimming and diving, gymnastics, and women’s tennis.
Football’s 68% was second among all SEC schools behind only Vanderbilt. The three Georgia teams that recorded 100% were all at the top among all SEC schools.
The four-year average rate includes not only freshmen but transfers in and out of the institution. The current report tracks the freshman classes of 2000-2001-2002-2003.
“The overall report is encouraging and it definitely continues an upward trend,” said UGA Director of Athletics Greg McGarity. “The improvement by eight of our sports as well as the three that remained at 100% is particularly noteworthy. At the same time, we want to get better and will continue to work hard in the academic area with our student-athletes.”