Football Ranked Third in Graduation Success Rate


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Clemson, SC?Clemson?s football program has the third best graduation success rate among the top 25 teams in this week?s Coaches poll according to USA Today. The 2007 graduation success rate figures for all schools were released on October 3 and the publication reclassified the list according to graduation rate.

Boston College, also from the ACC, had a 93 percent rate to rank first, while Nebraska was second at 83 percent. Clemson was third at 75 percent, followed by Florida and Virginia Tech, Clemson?s opponent on Saturday, at 72 percent.

The graduation success rate does not take into account student-athletes who transfer or turn professional in good academic standing. The current study examined student-athletes who entered school between 1997-00 and gives the student-athletes six years to graduate.

Clemson should have strong numbers in the future as well. Fourteen of the 18 scholarship seniors on the 2006 team have already graduated and two more will join them in December, meaning 89 percent of last year?s seniors will have degrees by December.

Clemson also ranks fourth among the top 27 Public National Universities who play Division I football, listed in the U.S. News & World Report rankings. (Clemson is ranked 27th in the latest US News & World Report public National Universities.) Only North Carolina at 79 percent, Connecticut at 78 percent and Penn State at 76 percent, rank higher than Clemson among the top 27 US News & World Report institutions. Clemson has a higher football graduation rate than seven of the eight top 10 schools who have a Division I football program.


Graduation Rate Ranking Among Top 25 USA Today Football Programs
October 4, 2007
	Rk	School	        FB Rk	Grad Rate
	1.	Boston College	6	93
	2.	Nebraska	23	83
	3.	Clemson 	22	75
	4.	Florida	        7	72
		Virginia Tech	14	72
	6.	Purdue	        20	70
	7.	South Carolina	18	68
	8.	Cincinnati	24	67	
	9.	West Virginia	12	65
	10.	Wisconsin	5	61
		South Florida	9	61
	12.	Missouri	17	60
	13.	Kentucky	8	59
	14.	So California	1	57
	15.	UCLA        	25	56
	16.	Oregon	        13	55
		Arizona State	19	55
		Rutgers 	21	55
	19.	Ohio State	4	53
	20.	California	3	52
	21.	LSU     	2	51
	22.	Hawaii  	15	45
	23.	Oklahoma	10	44
	24.	Texas   	16	42
	25.	Georgia 	11	41

Football Graduation Success Rates Among Top 27 
Public National Universities 

	Rk.	School	        US News	Grad Rate
	1.	North Carolina	5	79
	2.	Connecticut	24	78
	3.	Penn State	16	76
	4.	Clemson 	27	75
	5.	Michigan	3	73
		Iowa	        24	73
		Illinois	8	73
	8.	Florida	        17	72
	9.	Purdue	        24	70
	10.	Maryland	18	69
	11.	Virginia	2	68
	12.	Washington	11	64
	13.	Pittsburgh	20	63
	14.	Texas A&M	23	62
	15.	Wisconsin	8	61
	16.	UCLA      	3	56
	17.	Rutgers 	20	55
	18.	Ohio State	19	53
	19.	California	1	52
	20.	Georgia Tech	7	51
	21.	Texas   	13	42
	22,	Georgia 	20	41

Rankings Source: US News and World Report, August, 2007

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