Clemson excels in latest NCAA Graduation Success Rate reports


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CLEMSON, SC - The Clemson athletic department again achieved exceptional ratings in the NCAA's most recent Graduation Success Rate reports released Tuesday, in which data from the 2004-2007 academic years were included. The overall athletic department rate of 91 ranked third nationally among public institutions.

The 91 percent rate marked an institutional high in the 10th year of the NCAA metric. Clemson's score improved from last year's reported 87, marking the sixth consecutive year of improvement in the overall graduation rate.

The overall Graduation Success Rate is tied for 11th among all Football Bowl Subdivision schools, and ranks in the top 20 percent of all 346 institutions reporting. Clemson's 91 was tops among public schools in the Atlantic Coast Conference and fourth in the conference overall.

"From IPTAY's emphasis on support of Vickery Hall, to the emphasis placed on graduation and preparation for life by each of our coaches, it's good to see the numbers continue to show the results of the hard work of everyone in our department," director of athletics Dan Radakovich said. "Clemson continues to show it is a leader in both the academic and athletic fields, and credit belongs with each of our student-athletes who have worked to achieve both on and off the field."

The men's soccer, women's basketball, rowing, swimming/diving, tennis and volleyball programs each posted a 100 percent rate for the period, while women's soccer had a 95 and men's tennis recorded a 90.

Football posted an 81 percent graduation success rate in the 2007 cohort, its highest since the data was first released in 1998. Of teams ranked in the top 25 of the most recent Associated Press poll, Clemson's 81 ranks fifth, behind only Notre Dame, Duke, UCLA and TCU.

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