The University of South Carolina athletic program ranks second in the Southeastern Conference in the latest graduate success rate, released by the NCAA on Wednesday.
The graduation pass rate measures the number of student-athlete scholars who graduate within six years of their initial full-time enrollment.
For this report, the rates are based on student-athletes who entered college in the fall of 2014. The rate shows the percentage of student-athletes who graduated in the spring of 2020. The four-year cohort of student-athletes who began college in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 is also included.
South Carolina sports teams scored 96%, which is second in the SEC behind only Vanderbilt (97) in the GSR, and second in the State of South Carolina, behind only Wofford (97). Of the more than 350 NCAA Division I schools, South Carolina’s score is tied for 31st. South Carolina’s GSR football score (89) ranked third among SEC schools, second among schools in South Carolina (Wofford), and tied for 23rd among all FBS schools.
“A college degree is the foundation for a successful life,” said the athletic director. Ray tanner. “Our student-athletes, with the help of our Academic Services staff, are committed to academic success and graduation. I appreciate the work our staff do to prepare our student-athletes on a journey of success.”
11 outstanding teams achieved a perfect GSR (100): men’s basketball, men’s track and field, men’s football, men’s swimming and diving, men’s tennis, women’s track and field, women’s football, softball, women’s swimming and diving, women’s tennis and volleyball. Almost all of the NCAA-sponsored teams have surpassed the Division I national average for their sport.
“We are incredibly proud of the academic achievements of our student-athletes,” said Paul Stoltzfus, associate AD. “A legacy of success, established by many former student-athletes, has created the foundation upon which our current student-athletes have continued to build with their persistence and dedication. “
Gamecock Athletics has developed a proud tradition of academic achievement, achieving a departmental cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher in 29 consecutive semesters. More recently, in the spring of 2021, the department obtained a 3.369, this is the third highest GPA in history. In addition, the seven highest departmental GPAs have all been achieved in the last seven semesters. In the spring semester of 2021, 16 out of 18 teams achieved a GPA of 3.0 or better, while the department celebrated 95 student-athletes winning President’s List honors (4.0), 179 students -athletes winning the Dean’s List (3.5) and 441 winning the Sports Director’s Honor Roll (3.0).
Year in review
SEC 2020-2021 First Year Academic Honor Roll
- South Carolina’s 127 student-athletes circled the peloton, leading the conference for the 12th time in the past 15 years.
- It is also the fourth consecutive school year with triple-digit winners and the second-highest annual total in the history of the department.
Spring 2021 SEC Academic Honor Roll
- South Carolina had 135 student-athletes in six sports on the list, the second-highest total in the conference.
- This shattered the department’s record of 121 laureates, set in 2012.
Winter 2021 SEC Academic Honor Roll
- South Carolina had 83 student-athletes in five sports on the list, the second-highest total in the conference.
- It was just five winners to tie the athletics department’s record of 88, set in 2020-2021.
SEC Fall 2020 Academic Honor Roll
- South Carolina had 115 student-athletes in five sports on the list, the third consecutive year reaching triple digits.
- That total also tops the conference, marking the 13th time in the past 15 years that the Gamecocks have paved the way for members of the Fall Honor Roll.