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Eagles Among Nation's Elite in Graduation Success Rate

Oct. 3, 2007

The Boston College football program ranks third among Division I (FBS) football-playing institutions in Graduation Success Rate (GSR), according to data released by the NCAA today. In addition, 16 BC sports teams recorded a 100% GSR score.

The BC football team scored a 93% GSR, tied with Duke, Notre Dame and Stanford as the third-highest in the country. Only Navy (95%) and Northwestern (94%) received a higher GSR score than BC. BC's Graduation Success Rate is the highest of any of the top 25 teams in this week's Associated Press college football poll, in which the Eagles are ranked seventh.

Sixteen Boston College teams recorded a 100% GSR score, including baseball, men's cross country/track, men's fencing, men's golf, men's skiing, men's tennis, women's basketball, women's crew/rowing, women's fencing, women's golf, women's ice hockey, women's lacrosse, women's skiing, women's soccer, women's swimming and women's volleyball.

"Once again, we are extremely proud of the accomplishments of our student-athletes in the classroom," Director of Athletics Gene DeFilippo says. "These statistics show that we take the term `student-athlete' very seriously at Boston College."

The NCAA Graduation Success Rate (GSR) was developed in response to college and university presidents who wanted graduation data that more accurately reflect the mobility among college students today. The GSR measures graduation rates at Division I institutions and includes students transferring into the institutions. The GSR also allows institutions to subtract student-athletes who leave their institutions prior to graduation as long as they would have been academically eligible to compete had they remained.

More information about the GSR report may be found at the NCAA's website,