Oct. 26, 2012

University of Notre Dame athletic programs again rank as the best in the country in graduation rates, based on Graduation Success Rate (GSR) figures released today by the NCAA–including first-place ratings in the sports of football, men’s basketball, women’s basketball and ice hockey.

Among the 120 Football Bowl Subdivision institutions, Notre Dame had the highest percentage of its sports with 100 percent scores (for the seventh time in eight years), with a .863 figure (19 of 22).

In football, Notre Dame achieved a 97 GSR rating for the highest figure among FBS schools (tied with Northwestern). Here are the FBS institutions with scores of 80 or higher in the football category:

Score Institution
97 Notre Dame, Northwestern
94 Boston College, Miami (Fla.)
93 Rice
92 Duke
91 Penn State, Rutgers
90 Stanford
88 U.S. Military Academy
87 U.S. Naval Academy
86 Wake Forest. U.S. Air Force Academy
85 Vanderbilt
84 Miami (Ohio)
83 Northern Illinois
82 Iowa
81 Boise State, Central Florida
80 Utah State

In men’s basketball, Notre Dame achieved a perfect 100 GSR rating, with only Duke, Illinois, Kansas, Utah State, Wake Forest, West Virginia and Western Kentucky also reaching the top slot.

Here are the FBS institutions with men’s basketball scores of 80 or higher in that category:

Score Institution
100 Duke, Illinois, Kansas, Notre Dame, Utah State, Wake Forest, West Virginia, Western Kentucky
92 BYU, Miami (Ohio), UNLV, Penn State, Rice, Vanderbilt
91 North Carolina, Stanford
90 U.S. Military Academy, Virginia Tech
89 Iowa, Michigan State
88 Boston College, South Florida
86 U.S. Air Force Academy
85 Oregon, SMU
82 Western Michigan
81 Idaho
80 Northwestern, Rutgers, TCU

In women’s basketball, Notre Dame also achieved a 100 GSR rating, as one of 30 Division I-A football-playing institutions with a perfect score.

Here are the FBS institutions with scores of 90 or higher in that category:

Score Institution
100 Boston College, Clemson, Duke, Florida, Hawaii, Iowa State, Iowa, Kansas State, Kentucky, LSU, Memphis, Mississippi State, Nebraska, New Mexico, Northern Illinois, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oregon, Penn State, Pittsburgh, South Carolina, South Florida, Tennessee, Texas Tech, Tulsa, U.S. Military Academy, Utah, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest
94 Idaho, UNLV, UTEP, Utah State
93 Arizona State, Central Florida, Eastern Michigan, Illinois, Kent State, Louisville, Maryland, Miami (Fla.), Nevada, Rice, TCU
92 Bowling Green, Buffalo, UCLA, Connecticut, Georgia, Ole Miss, Missouri, Northwestern, SMU, Stanford, U.S. Naval Academy, Washington
91 Arkansas, Auburn, Ball State, Baylor, Michigan State
90 Colorado, Oregon State, Virginia Tech

In hockey, Notre Dame achieved a 100 GSR rating, to rank first (tied with Bowling Green) among Division I-A football-playing institutions.

Here are the FBS institutions with scores of 65 or higher in that category:

Score Institution
100 Notre Dame, Bowling Green
96 U.S. Air Force Academy
94 Michigan
85 U.S. Military Academy, Boston College, Connecticut
83 Miami (Ohio)
73 Western Michigan
65 Michigan State

The four-year GSR data is based upon the entering classes from 2002 to 2005. In addition to men’s and women’s basketball and hockey, other Notre Dame programs recording 100 GSR scores in the 2012 listings were baseball, men’s cross country/track, women’s cross country/track, men’s fencing, women’s fencing, men’s golf, women’s golf, women’s lacrosse, women’s rowing, men’s soccer, women’s soccer, women’s softball, men’s swimming, women’s swimming, women’s tennis and women’s volleyball.