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Nov 21, 2022

Clemson Hits 95% Graduation Success Rate for 2nd Consecutive Year

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Clemson Athletics matched a department record with a 95 percent Graduation Success Rate (GSR) for the 2012-15 cohort in data released by the NCAA. It’s the ninth consecutive cohort in which Clemson’s department-wide GSR was at 91 percent or higher, and second in a row at 95 percent, one of four public Power Five schools nationally to make that claim. Nine Clemson programs set or tied program records for GSR. 

“The continued dedication of our student-athletes and Nieri Family Student-Athlete Enrichment Center staff continues to be a major point of pride for our department,” said Clemson Director of Athletics Graham Neff. “Along with IPTAY, we take great pride in our student-athletes’ hard work to graduate at such a high rate, while also competing for championships.” 

Among public institutions, Clemson’s department rate was tied for first in the ACC and second in the Power Five, just one percentage point behind the national public leader. Clemson tied a department record with eight programs that earned perfect 100 percent scores for the cohort – baseball, men’s basketball, men’s golf, women’s basketball, women’s golf, women’s soccer, women’s cross country/track, and volleyball. Volleyball maintained its streak of 18 consecutive cohorts at 100 percent, while men’s golf (7), baseball (6), men’s basketball (5) and women’s golf (4) also have active streaks at 100 percent. 

Football’s cohort, which encompasses student-athletes from the 2016 and 2018 National Championship teams, set a program record (92). Clemson football was 12th among Power Five programs and 5th among public Power Five institutions.

Overall Department Rate: 95*

Women’s Sports

  • Basketball: 100*
  • Cross Country/Track: 100*
  • Rowing: 98
  • Golf: 100*
  • Soccer: 100*
  • Tennis: 83
  • Volleyball : 100*

Men’s Sports

  • Baseball: 100*
  • Basketball: 100*
  • Cross Country/Track: 82
  • Football: 92*
  • Golf: 100*
  • Soccer: 89
  • Tennis: 91

* – tied/set program record

A note on GSR:

The student-athlete graduation rate calculated directly based on IPEDS-GRS (which is the methodology the U.S. Department of Education requires) is the proportion of first-year, full-time student-athletes who entered a school on athletics aid and graduated from that institution within six years. The federal rate does not account for students who transfer from their original institution and graduate elsewhere. The NCAA GSR differs from the federal calculation in two important ways. First, the GSR holds colleges accountable for those student-athletes who transfer into their school. Second, the GSR does not penalize colleges whose student-athletes transfer in good academic standing.