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Duke Earns 97 Percent Graduation Success Rate
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 11/08/2017
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DURHAM, N.C. -- Statistics for the Graduation Success Rate (GSR) released Wednesday by the NCAA indicated that 97 percent of freshmen student-athletes receiving scholarship aid or recruited individuals participating in programs that do not offer athletic aid graduated from Duke within six years.

The GSR is based on student-athletes who entered college as freshmen in 2007-10 and allows for the removal of those individuals from the cohort who left Duke in good academic standing.

A total of 14 Duke teams achieved a 100 percent GSR: men’s basketball, women’s cross country/track & field, men’s fencing, women’s fencing, field hockey, men’s golf, women’s golf, men’s lacrosse, women’s lacrosse, rowing, women’s soccer, men’s tennis, women’s tennis and volleyball.

Duke's remaining programs – baseball (95), women’s basketball (92), men’s cross country/track & field (91), football (96), men’s soccer (93), men’s swimming & diving (93), women’s swimming & diving (82) and wrestling (89) – all achieved a GSR of 82 percent of better.

Nationally, Duke was among four Football Bowl Subdivision institutions with an overall GSR total of 97 percent or better, joining Notre Dame (98), Northwestern (97) and Stanford (97). In the ACC, Duke’s mark was second behind Notre Dame, followed by Boston College (95), Wake Forest (94), Clemson (91), Miami (91), Syracuse (91), Virginia (90), Virginia Tech (90), Georgia Tech (88), Louisville (86), Pittsburgh (86), N.C. State (85), Florida State (84) and North Carolina (84).

Duke’s football program ranks tied for third among FBS schools with its 96 percent rate and joins Northwestern (99), South Carolina (98), Notre Dame (96) and Stanford (96) as the only programs with a 96 rate or better. Within the ACC, Duke’s 96 percent rate was tops followed by Wake Forest (93), Boston College (90), Miami (88), Virginia Tech (86), Clemson (85), Georgia Tech (82), Syracuse (82), Virginia (82), Louisville (76), Florida State (74), N.C. State (74), Pittsburgh (74) and North Carolina (66).

In men’s basketball, Duke tied for the national lead with its 100 percent rate. Duke and Notre Dame both registered perfect scores to lead the ACC followed by Miami (92), Louisville (91), Clemson (88), Florida State (85), Georgia Tech (82), Pittsburgh (80), Virginia Tech (80), Virginia (78), Boston College (71), Wake Forest (71), Syracuse (60), N.C. State (56) and North Carolina (40).

In addition, the Federal Graduation Rates were released on Wednesday. Duke freshmen scholarship athletes that entered in 2010 achieved a 92 percent graduation rate and the 2007-10 cohort posted a four-year class average of 86 percent. The Federal Graduation Rate does not allow for the removal of those individuals from the cohort who left Duke in good academic standing, and only includes scholarship student-athletes.

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