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Clemson Ranked Third in Graduation Success Rate According to USA Today

Clemson Ranked Third in Graduation Success Rate According to USA Today

Oct. 4, 2007

Clemson, SC — Clemson’s football program has the third best graduation success rate among the top 25 teams in this week’s Coaches poll according to USA Today. The 2007 graduation success rate figures for all schools were released on October 3 and the publication reclassified the list according to graduation rate.

Boston College, also from the ACC, had a 93 percent rate to rank first, while Nebraska was second at 83 percent. Clemson was third at 75 percent, followed by Florida and Virginia Tech, Clemson’s opponent on Saturday, at 72 percent.

The graduation success rate does not take into account student-athletes who transfer or turn professional in good academic standing. The current study examined student-athletes who entered school between 1997-00 and gives the student-athletes six years to graduate.

Clemson should have strong numbers in the future as well. Fourteen of the 18 scholarship seniors on the 2006 team have already graduated and two more will join them in December, meaning 89 percent of last year’s seniors will have degrees by December.

Clemson also ranks fourth among the top 27 Public National Universities who play Division I football, listed in the U.S. News & World Report rankings. (Clemson is ranked 27th in the latest U.S. News & World Report public National Universities.) Only North Carolina at 79 percent, Connecticut at 78 percent and Penn State at 76 percent, rank higher than Clemson among the top 27 US News & World Report institutions. Clemson has a higher football graduation rate than seven of the eight top 10 schools who have a Division I football program.

Graduation Rate Ranking Among Top 25 USA Today Football Programs
Rank School Football Rank Graduation Rate
1. Boston College 6 93
2. Nebraska 23 83
3. Clemson 22 75
4. Florida 7 72
  Virginia Tech 14 72
6. Purdue 20 70
7. South Carolina 18 68
8. Cincinnati 24 67
9. West Virginia 12 65
10. Wisconsin 5 61
  South Florida 9 61
12. Missouri 17 60
13. Kentucky 8 59
14. Southern California 1 57
15. UCLA 25 56
16. Oregon 13 55
  Arizona State 19 55
  Rutgers 21 55
19. Ohio State 4 53
20. California 3 52
21. LSU 2 51
22. Hawaii 15 45
23. Oklahoma 10 44
24. Texas 16 42
25. Georgia 11 41
Football Graduation Success Rates Among Top 27 Public National Universities
Rank School US News Rank Graduation Rate
1. North Carolina 5 79
2. Connecticut 24 78
3. Penn State 16 76
4. Clemson 27 75
5. Michigan 3 73
  Iowa 24 73
  Illinois 8 73
8. Florida 17 72
9. Purdue 24 70
10. Maryland 18 69
11. Virginia 2 68
12. Washington 11 64
13. Pittsburgh 20 63
14. Texas A&M 23 62
15. Wisconsin 8 61
16. UCLA 3 56
17. Rutgers 20 55
18. Ohio State 19 53
19. California 1 52
20. Georgia Tech 7 51
21. Texas 13 42
22. Georgia 20 41
Rankings Source: US News and World Report, August 2007

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