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Student-Athlete Academic Services

USC Athletics Graduation Success Rate Equals All-Time High

November 14, 2018

LOS ANGELES–The 2018 Graduation Success Rate of USC student-athletes equaled an all-time high—86%—according to data released today (Nov. 14) by the NCAA.

The 2018 GSR measures how many student-athletes in the classes of 2008 through 2011 graduated within six years of their enrollment.

That 86% figure equals the 2017 mark, which was the fourth consecutive year that USC Athletics recorded an all-time high.  It also is 19 percentage points higher than it was when the NCAA first released GSR numbers in 2005.

Eight of the 18 USC sports whose data was tracked by the NCAA had a GSR this year above 90%, including four with a perfect 100%:  men’s and women’s tennis (both 100%), women’s rowing (100%), women’s soccer (100%), women’s swimming (96%), defending NCAA champion women’s water polo (93%), men’s water polo (92%) and men’s volleyball (90%).  Seven other teams scored in the 80% range:  men’s track (88%), defending NCAA titlist women’s track (86%), women’s volleyball (86%), women’s basketball (86%), men’s swimming (81%), baseball (80%) and men’s golf (80%).

The 4 USC teams that scored 100% either equaled or set all-time high GSR rates for their programs, as did women’s swimming, men’s track and football (75%).  Football’s rate, which is 20 percentage points better than in 2005, was at a program high for the third consecutive year.

Eleven USC teams saw their scores either improve from last year or stay the same:  men’s track (+5 percentage points), men’s water polo (+5), football (+2), women’s track (+2), men’s swimming (+1), men’s basketball (even), men’s and women’s tennis (even), women’s rowing (even), women’s soccer (even) and women’s swimming (even).

“We continue to be very pleased that our student-athletes are performing well in the classroom,” said Dr. Denise Kwok, USC’s director of Student-Athlete Academic Services.  “These Graduation Success Rate numbers once again show that USC has built a strong culture of academic success in the athletic department.  That is due to the hard work and dedication our student-athletes put into their academic pursuits, the valued collaboration with our USC faculty and instructors and the support given to our student-athletes by our coaches and the SAAS staff in our Stevens Academic Center.”

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