Georgia Tech posts record graduation rate

Georgia Tech hit another record high in its NCAA-measured graduation rate. With a score of 91%, the athletic department has produced an increase in graduation rate in nine out of the past 10 years. The national average for Division I athletes was 90%. Scores, which tracked athletes who enrolled between 2012 and 2015 over a six-year window, were released Monday.

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Tech’s score last year in the NCAA’s Graduation Success Rate metric, which adjusts for transfers and midyear enrollees (unlike the federal graduation rate), was 90%. It was 76% 10 years ago and 84% in 2014-15. The increases track with national averages, which have steadily improved since the NCAA introduced its GSR metric in 2002.

At 91%, Tech tied for 12th among the 15 ACC schools.

Nine of Tech’s 13 teams (counting cross-country, indoor track and field and outdoor track and field as one team), posted team GSR scores above the national averages for Division I teams. That’s men’s and women’s track and field, football, golf, softball, men’s and women’s swimming and diving, men’s tennis and volleyball.

Golf, softball, men’s tennis and volleyball all had 100% scores. The golf team has recorded perfect scores every year since the first results were released in 2005.

Football’s 88% score was well ahead of the national average for FBS teams of 82%. It was also seventh in the ACC.

Baseball, men’s and women’s basketball and women’s tennis trailed the national averages.

“Congratulations to our student-athletes, coaches and staff on this outstanding achievement,” Georgia Tech athletic director J Batt said in a statement. “Earning a Georgia Tech degree is the No. 1 objective for all Tech students, and for our student-athletes to do so at a record rate is a testament to their hard work and to the support of the network that surrounds them, both within the athletics department and on campus.”


Sport GSR National Average

Golf.... 100%.... 90%

Softball....100%.... 94%

Men’s Tennis.... 100%.... 93%

Volleyball....100%.... 95%

Men’s Swimming & Diving....97%.... 91%

Women’s Swimming & Diving.... 97%.... 96%

Women’s Cross-Country/Track & Field.... 94%.... 91%

Women’s Basketball....91%.... 93%

Football.... 88%.... 82%

Women’s Tennis.... 88%....97%

Men’s Cross-Country/Track & Field....84%.... 84%

Baseball....83%.... 87%

Men’s Basketball....75%....84%

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