Georgia tied for first among Southeastern Conference football teams in graduating its players in a measure used by the NCAA, according to the latest figures released on Thursday.
The NCAA Graduation Success Rate (GSR) for football at Georgia was 82 percent, tied with Vanderbilt.
Georgia athletes overall graduated at an 83 percent rate, up from 81 last year and the fourth best in the SEC. It was the highest for Georgia since the GSR started.
The latest figures were the four-year average rate for athletes who entered college between 2003 and 2006.
Men’s basketball and football had the biggest gains in graduations rates of 13 percent.
Men’s basketball improved from 50 percent to 63, which ranked fifth in the SEC. That’s up from 18 percent in 2009. Football was at 48 percent in 2008.
Women’s basketball, gymnastics, softball and women’s tennis scored 100 percent. Also in the top five in the SEC: women’s swimming (third, 96 percent), men’s swimming (fourth, 83 percent), soccer (fourth, 96 percent), women’s cross country/track (fourth, 91 percent), men’s cross country/track (fifth, 79 percent).
“It’s gratifying to see our overall rate continue to improve and that some sports made significant jumps in their scores,” Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity said. “We’re also pleased to rank at or near the top in both overall and several individual sports among our SEC peer institutions.”
Unlike the federal graduation rate, the GSR includes students who transfer in our out of a school.
The NCAA GSR was an all-time high of 81 percent.