CHAPEL HILL --
The NCAA released data today that shows the University of North Carolina's latest Graduation Success Rate for student-athletes is 88 percent, eight percentage points higher than the national average.
Eleven Tar Heel teams that reflect the incoming freshman class of 2005 scored a perfect 100percent, including men's and women's fencing, field hockey, women's golf, gymnastics, women's lacrosse, rowing, women's swimming and diving, men's and women's tennis and volleyball. Additionally, 15 of Carolina's sports measured 90 percent or greater.
In addition to the teams scoring 100 percent, Carolina teams measuring above the national average of 80 percent include women's track and field/cross country (95%), baseball (94%), men's basketball (91%), men's swimming and diving (91%), men's golf (89%), men's lacrosse (89%) and softball (89%). Women's basketball (79%), men's soccer (78%), wrestling (76%) and football (75%) all scored at least 75 percent.
Men's basketball's GSR of 91 percent is 17 points above the national average, while football's GSR of 75 percent is five percent better than the national norm.
"I'd like to congratulate our student-athletes and coaches whose programs achieved 100 percent scores," says Director of Athletics Bubba Cunningham. "That is what we strive for in all of our programs. We are proud of the commitment and effort of our student-athletes. They balance meeting their academic responsibilities and representing the University in athletics competition at a highly successfulrate.
"I am very pleased we had such a high number of our teams that performed above the national average, including the football and men's basketball teams. Our university is committed to supporting these students so that they have the best opportunities to achieve both academically and athletically at the highest level. We know we can accomplish both of these goals successfully at Carolina."
The NCAA's Graduation Success Rate includes transfer students and student-athletes wholeave in good academic standing. The current GSRs are based on the enteringclasses from 2002-03 to 2005-06.