Duke’s 98 percent GSR surpasses all Power 5 institutions

DURHAM – Statistics for the Graduation Success Rate (GSR), released Tuesday by the NCAA, showed that 98 percent of top-performing Power 5 freshmen who received scholarship assistance, or recruits who participate in programs that do not offer athletic assistance, graduated from Duke within six years.

The GSR is based on student-athletes who entered college as freshmen in 2012-15 and allows for the removal of those individuals from the cohort who left Duke in good academic standing.

Nationally, Duke led all Power 5 institutions with 98 percent GSR and ranked sixth nationally. Only Columbia, Bucknell, Harvard, Villanova and Yale were ahead of Duke.

Among the Power 5 schools, top five in GSR included Duke (98), Northwestern (98), Notre Dame (97), Vanderbilt (97), Boston College (96), Wake Forest (96), Michigan (96) and Stanford (96).

A total of 17 Duke teams achieved 100 percent GSR in 2012-15: baseball, men’s basketball, men’s and women’s fencing, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s swimming, and diving , men’s and women’s tennis, cross country and track and field for men and women, rowing, field hockey and volleyball.

Duke’s remaining programs each achieved a GSR of 92 percent or better — women’s lacrosse (97), soccer (95), men’s lacrosse (95), wrestling (95), and women’s basketball (92).

In the ACC, Duke’s overall grade led the conference, followed by Notre Dame (97), Boston College (96), Wake Forest (96), Clemson (95), Virginia (95), Miami (93), Syracuse (93), Louisville (92), NC State (92), Pittsburgh (92), Georgia Tech (91), North Carolina (91), Virginia Tech (91), and Florida State (85).

Duke’s football program ranked fifth among the Power 5 schools nationally with a 95 percent score and second in the ACC. In conference, Duke trailed Boston College (97) and led Louisville (94), Pittsburgh (94), Wake Forest (93), Clemson (92), Georgia Tech (88), Virginia (85), Miami (83), Syracuse (82), NC State (79), Virginia Tech (77), North Carolina (71), and Florida State (63).

In men’s basketball, Duke tied national leadership with his 100 percent rating. Clemson, Duke, Florida State, Louisville, Miami, North Carolina, Virginia Tech, and Virginia all had perfect scores. This group was followed by Wake Forest (90), Syracuse (86), Boston College (83), Notre Dame (83), Georgia Tech (75), Pittsburgh (73), and NC State (63).

In women’s basketball, Duke amassed 92 percent to follow 100 percent posted by Boston College, Clemson, Louisville, Miami, North Carolina, NC State, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Syracuse and Virginia. Florida State and Wake Forest also got 92 percent, followed by Georgia Tech (91) and Virginia Tech (83).

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