Oct. 27, 2010
University of Notre Dame athletic programs again rank among the best in the country in graduation rates, based on Graduation Success Rate (GSR) figures released today by the NCAA - including first-place ratings in the sports of football, men's basketball and women's basketball, and a close second in ice hockey. Among the 120 Football Bowl Subdivision institutions, Notre Dame had the highest percentage of its sports with 100 percent scores (for the fifth time in six years), with a .863 figure (19 of 22).
In football, Notre Dame achieved a 96 GSR rating for the highest figure among FBS schools. Here are the FBS institutions with scores of 80 or higher in that category:
|92||U.S. Naval Academy|
|86||Stanford, U.S. Air Force Academy|
|85||U.S. Military Academy|
|84||Penn State, Southern Mississippi|
|81||Cincinnati, Miami (Fla.), Wake Forest|
In men's basketball, Notre Dame achieved a perfect 100 GSR rating, with only BYU, Illinois, Marshall, Utah State, Wake Forest and Western Kentucky also reaching the top slot.
Here are the FBS institutions with scores of 80 or higher in that category:
|100||BYU, Illinois, Marshall, Notre Dame, Utah State, Wake Forest, Western Kentucky|
|92||Oklahoma State, SMU, U.S. Military Academy|
|91||Bowling Green, U.S. Air Force Academy|
|88||Boston College, North Carolina|
|83||Buffalo, Duke, Rice|
|80||Kansas, Miami (Ohio), Stanford|
In women's basketball, Notre Dame also achieved a 100 GSR rating, as one of 30 Division I-A football-playing institutions with a perfect score. Here are the FBS institutions with scores of 90 or higher in that category:
|100||Boston College, Bowling Green, Clemson, Duke, Florida, Iowa State, Iowa, Kent State, Memphis, Miami (Fla.), Miami (Ohio), Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, New Mexico, Northern Illinois, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oregon State, Penn State, Pittsburgh, SMU, Stanford, Tennessee, Texas Tech, UNLV, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest, Wisconsin, Wyoming|
|97||U.S. Military Academy|
|94||Ball State, Central Florida, U.S. Naval Academy, Washington|
|93||Louisville, Oregon, UCLA|
|92||Arizona State, California, Cincinnati, Colorado State, Connecticut, Kansas State, Mississippi State, Northwestern, Oklahoma, Rice, Tulane, Virginia Tech, Washington State, Western Michigan|
|91||Buffalo, Colorado, Kentucky, Syracuse|
In hockey, Notre Dame achieved a 95 GSR rating, to rank second (behind the U.S. Air Force Academy at 96) among Division I-A football-playing institutions. Here are the FBS institutions with scores of 65 or higher in that category:
|96||U.S. Air Force Academy|
|81||U.S. Military Academy|
The national GSR for 2010 for the FBS (Division I-A) is 79 percent. Only team rates were released. The fourth-year GSR data is based upon the entering classes from 2000 to 2003.
In addition to men's and women's basketball, other Notre Dame programs recording 100 GSR scores were baseball, men's cross country/track, women's cross country/track, men's fencing, women's fencing, men's golf, women's golf, men's lacrosse, women's lacrosse, rowing, men's soccer, women's soccer, softball, men's swimming, women's swimming, women's tennis and volleyball.