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Academic Success Reflected in NCAA Report


Oct. 25, 2012

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Success in academics for University of Louisville student-athletes continues at a high level, reflected in recent national graduation rates released by the NCAA on Thursday.

U of L student-athletes achieved an 80 percent graduation rate in the Graduation Success Rate (GSR) Report, which was developed nine years ago to account for transfers into the university, who graduate and those who leave in good academic standing. The Cardinals' GSR has risen 14 percent since the reporting began nine years ago. Six sports - women's golf, women's lacrosse, softball, men's swimming, men's tennis, field hockey and volleyball - attained a 100 percent GSR in the most recent report.

Over the last eight years, graduation rates for U of L student-athletes have risen 11 percent, improving from 48 percent for the freshman class, which entered U of L in 1997-98, to a 59 percent graduation rate in the most recent 2005-06 figures. U of L student-athletes graduate at an 11 percent higher rate than the overall university student population in the 2005-06 four-class average.

"We're proud of our continued academic progress," said Tom Jurich, U of L Vice-President for Athletics. "Our coaches are committed to recruiting impressive student-athletes and we have the mechanisms in place plus the passion among our support staff to help our student-athletes attain their academic goals. We're not satisfied, but we're pleased with the many academic success stories of our student-athletes."

A record 21 of 23 U of L athletics teams produced a 3.0 or higher grade point average in the most recently completed spring 2012 semester, combining for a record 3.110 semester GPA. Nearly two-thirds of the Cards' student-athletes earned a 3.0 or better GPA in that semester. U of L's men's basketball team has earned the last two BIG EAST Conference Team Academic Excellence Awards, which recognizes the highest collective grade point averages in each of the conference's 26 sports.

U of L Freshman Cohort Graduation Rates

Graduation Rate
  All Student-
Year Students Athletes
1997-98 35% 48%
1998-99 33% 55%
1999-00 37% 56%
2000-01 41% 59%
2001-02 44% 65%
2002-03 46% 61%
2003-04 48% 59%
2004-05 49% 58%
2005-06 51% 58%

Four-Class Average
  All Student-
Year Students Athletes
1997-98 33% 45%
1998-99 34% 50%
1999-00 35% 52%
2000-01 37% 54%
2001-02 39% 58%
2002-03 42% 60%
2003-04 45% 61%
2004-05 47% 60%
2005-06 48% 59%

Student-Athlete Graduation Success Rate
1998-99 66%
1999-00 68%
2000-01 72%
2001-02 75%
2002-03 77%
2003-04 80%
2004-05 81%
2005-06 80%