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    Irish Athletes Again Rank Number One In 2010 NCAA GSR Comparisons



    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:

    Score   Institution
    96   Notre Dame
    95   Duke, Northwestern
    93   Rice
    92   U.S. Naval Academy
    90   Boston College
    89   Vanderbilt
    88   Rutgers
    86   Stanford, U.S. Air Force Academy
    85   U.S. Military Academy
    84   Penn State, Southern Mississippi
    82   Washington
    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:

    Score   Institution
    100   BYU, Illinois, Marshall, Notre Dame, Utah State, Wake Forest, Western Kentucky
    93   TCU, Vanderbilt
    92   Oklahoma State, SMU, U.S. Military Academy
    91   Bowling Green, U.S. Air Force Academy
    90   Northwestern
    88   Boston College, North Carolina
    87   Ohio University
    86   Penn State
    85   Tulane
    83   Buffalo, Duke, Rice
    82   Nebraska
    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:

    Score   Institution
    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
    90   Rutgers

    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:

    Score   Institution
    96   U.S. Air Force Academy
    95   Notre Dame
    93   Bowling Green
    87   Boston College
    85   Connecticut
    81   U.S. Military Academy
    75   Michigan
    70   Western Michigan
    65   Michigan State
    65   Miami (Ohio)

    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.

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