The University of South Carolina’s athletic program ranks second in the Southeastern Conference in the latest graduation pass rate, released Tuesday by the NCAA.
The Graduation Success Rate (GSR) measures the number of scholarship student-athletes who graduate within six years of initial full-time enrollment. For this report, the GSR is based on student-athletes who entered college in fall 2015
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South Carolina sports teams scored 94%, tied with the University of Florida in the SEC behind only Vanderbilt (97) and tied for third in South Carolina State in the GSR. South Carolina’s football GSR score (89) is tied for third among SEC schools and South Carolina schools and tied for 20th among all Power 5 schools.
“Our commitment to the academic success of our student-athletes is a priority for all of us in the Gamecock Athletics Department,” said the athletic director. Ray Tanner. “I appreciate the work of our Academic Services staff, who help guide our student-athletes to academic success. In South Carolina, every coach and staff member is committed to the growth and development of our student-athletes intellectually, athletically, socially and culturally.
Nine outstanding teams achieved a perfect GSR (100): Men’s Track & Field, Men’s Soccer, Men’s Swimming & Diving, Men’s Tennis, Women’s Track & Field/Cross Country, Women’s Soccer, Softball, Women’s Tennis, Volleyball. Thirteen of our NCAA-sponsored teams have exceeded the national Division I average for their sport.
“The Dodie Enrichment staff is definitely thrilled with the academic success of our student-athletes,” said Charlie Ball, DA Associate. “We look forward to providing continued support to our student-athletes, guiding them towards a legacy of achievement, not just academically, but holistically.”
A record of academic success
Gamecock Athletics has developed a proud tradition of academic achievement, achieving a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher in 31 consecutive semesters. Most recently, in the spring of 2022, the department scored a 3.240. In the spring 2022 semester, 15 of 18 teams achieved a GPA of 3.0 or higher, while the department celebrated 74 student-athletes earning President’s List honors (4.0), 151 students – athletes winning the Dean’s List (3.5) and 370 winners. Athletic Director’s Honor Roll (3.0).
Eleven Gamecock sports teams achieved the 3.0 standard for all 31 semesters – Equestrian, Men’s Golf, Women’s Golf, Men’s Soccer, Women’s Soccer, Softball, Women’s Swimming and Diving, Men’s Tennis, Women’s Tennis, Women’s Track & Field and Volleyball . Beach volleyball has made a 3.0 GPA or better for the sport’s 18 semesters existence in South Carolina.
Since 2015, Gamecock Athletics has had 2,902 student-athletes earn Academic Honor status from the Southeastern Conference, the most of any school in the league. Nearly 71% of all Gamecock student-athletes appear on the SEC Academic Honor Roll each year. The 467 Gamecock student-athletes on the 2021-22 SEC Academic Honor Roll are the most of any SEC school in the past seven years.
In the 2021-22 academic year, South Carolina had four student-athletes, each honored with CoSIDA Academic All-America. Aliyah Boston was named to the women’s first-team basketball team and was America’s Academic All-Star of the Year. Lauren Chang (women’s soccer) and Daniel Rodrigues (men’s tennis) were named to their sport’s second team and men’s track Sean Petersen was named to their sport’s third team.