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Summer 2018 Wofford Today
Wofford athlete graduating

Wofford leads SoCon in NCAA GSR

Wofford football also leads among SoCon institutions

The NCAA has released the latest Graduation Success Rate for all Division I institutions. Wofford had 10 of 13 teams post a perfect score of 100. 

Wofford teams that scored 100 included women's basketball, women's cross country/track, men's cross country/track, men's soccer, women's soccer, men's tennis, women's tennis, men's golf, women's golf and volleyball. Overall, every team posted a score of at least 88, all above the national average of 87.
Among Southern Conference colleges and universities, Wofford shared the top spot with Samford, who also had 10 teams score a 100. Furman and ETSU had seven each. Eleven Wofford teams ranked first or tied for first in the Southern Conference. In addition to the 10 teams with a score of 100, the Terrier football team posted a score of 97 to lead the SoCon.
The single-year GSR for student-athletes who began college in 2010 is 87 percent, the highest rate ever for the NCAA.
The Graduation Success Rate was developed by the NCAA as part of its academic reform initiative to more accurately measure the success of Division I student-athletes. 

  • The GSR takes into account the different academic paths followed by today's college students.
  • Unlike the federal graduation rate, the GSR holds institutions accountable for transfer students. The GSR also accounts for midyear enrollees and is calculated for every sport.
  • By counting incoming transfer students and midyear enrollees, the GSR increases the total number of student-athletes tracked for graduation.
  • Under the GSR calculation, institutions are not penalized for outgoing transfer students who leave in good academic standing. These outgoing transfers are essentially passed to the receiving institution's GSR cohort. 
  • The NCAA also calculates the federal graduation rate for student-athletes, because it is the only rate to compare student-athletes to the general student body.
  • The most recent Graduation Success Rates are based on the four entering freshmen classes in Division I from 2007 through 2008 and from 2010 to 2011.
  • This year marks the 16th year of GSR data that has been collected. The NCAA began collecting GSR data with the entering first-year class of 1995. The latest entering class for which data is available is 2010.
  • For complete statistics on GSR and Federal Graduation Rates, visit


by Brent Williamson