Nine Clemson Programs Have Perfect 100 Percent Graduation Rate

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Clemson Seventh in Nation on Number of Perfect Score Programs

Clemson, SC-Nine of Clemson's 15 sports programs scored a perfect 100 percent graduation rate according to the Graduation Success Rate (GSR) figures announced by the NCAA on December 19. Clemson ranked seventh in the nation among the 119 Division I-A institutions in percentage of programs with a perfect 100 percent score.

The Graduation Success Rate (GSR) was created to more accurately reflect actual graduation rates by including transfer data in the calculation. Schools are not penalized for student-athletes who transfer to other schools before the end of their eligibility. Student-athletes who turn professional are also not counted against the institution. The study took into account scholarship student-athletes who entered institutions over a four-year period from 1995-98.

Notre Dame had the highest percentage of its programs with a 100 percent graduation rate with 16 of 20. The United States Naval Academy was second with 15/19 or 78.9 percent. Northwestern was third (13/18), Duke was fourth (15/21), Illinois was fifth (12/17) and SMU was sixth (9/14). Clemson was seventh, followed by Rice and Vanderbilt.

The Clemson programs who posted perfect 100 percentage graduation rates were men's golf, baseball, men's soccer, men's tennis, women's track, women's soccer, women's swimming, women's tennis and volleyball. Every Clemson program that existed when the student began in 1995 had at least a 75 percent GSR.

While the Clemson football program did not have a 100 percent rate, it did have a 94 percent figure. That figure was second among the 25 schools ranked in the top 25 of the final regular season USA Today poll. Further research on Tuesday revealed that the Clemson football program ranked fourth among all Division I-A institutions. The only schools that were higher were the United States Naval Academy (98 percent), Notre Dame (96 percent) and Wake Forest (96 percent). Clemson ranked ahead of Vanderbilt, Northwestern, Stanford, Rice and Duke.

Division I Institutions
Highest Percentage of 100 Percent GSR/All Sport

    Rk    School              100/Sports    Percent
    1.    Notre Dame            16/20        .800
    2.    Naval Academy         15/19        .789
    3.    Northwestern          13/18        .722
    4.    Duke                  15/21        .714
    5.    Illinois              12/17        .706
    6.    SMU                    9/14        .643
    7.    Clemson                9/15        .600
    8.    Rice                   7/12        .583
    9.    Vanderbilt             7/12        .583
    10.   Central Florida        8/14        .571
    11.   Wake Forest            8/14        .571

        All Division I-A Football Institutions
    Rk    School               Rate
    1.    US Naval Academy      98%
    2.    Notre Dame            96%
    3.    Wake Forest           96%
    4.    Clemson               94%
    5.    Vanderbilt            93%
    6.    Northwestern          92%
    7.    Stanford              92%
    8.    Air Force             91%
    9.    US Military Academy   91%
    10.   Boston College        89%
    11.   Rice                  89%

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