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Tar Heels Exceed National GSR Average

Tar Heels Exceed National GSR Average

CHAPEL HILL - The University of North Carolina's latest Graduation Success Rate for student-athletes is 86 percent, five points higher than the national average. The NCAA released data today for the incoming class of 2006.

Carolina had 10 varsity teams that scored 100 percent, including men's and women's fencing, field hockey, women's golf, gymnastics, rowing, women's swimming and diving, men's and women's tennis and volleyball. Those programs were 10 of 15 Tar Heel teams that measured 90 percent or greater. Nineteen UNC teams scored 80 percent or better.

The NCAA's Graduation Success Rate includes transfer students and student-athletes who leave in good academic standing. The current GSRs are based on the entering classes from 2003-04 to 2006-07.

The national average for Graduation Success Rates was 81 percent. UNC's GSR average for male student-athletes was 80 percent, five points higher than the national average. Carolina's GSR average for female student-athletes was 93 percent, also five percentage points higher than the national norm.

"We want every student to graduate from Carolina and today's results indicate that our student-athletes are working hard toward reaching that goal," says Director of Athletics Bubba Cunningham. "There's always room to improve and we are working closely with the provost, the Academic Support Program and faculty to develop outstanding strategies in all the areas that touch our students' academic lives to help them reach those goals."

"The release of the Graduation Success Rates is an opportunity for us to acknowledge and celebrate the academic achievements of our student-athletes," says Dr. Michelle Brown, director of the Academic Support Program for Student-Athletes. "We take great pride in their academic success and our University is committed to supporting them in those endeavors.