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Gamecocks' Graduation Success Rate Second in SEC
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Gamecocks' Graduation Success Rate Second in SEC

The University of South Carolina athletic program ties for second in the Southeastern Conference in the latest Graduation Success Rate, released Tuesday by the NCAA.

The Graduation Success Rate (GSR) measures the number of scholarship student-athletes that graduate within a six-year period of their initial full-time enrollment. For this report, the GSR is based on student-athletes who entered college in the fall of 2015

South Carolina’s athletic teams had a 94 percent score, which tied with the University of Florida in the SEC behind only Vanderbilt (97) and tied for third in the state of South Carolina in the GSR. South Carolina’s Football GSR score (89) tied for third among SEC schools and South Carolina schools and tied for 20th among all Power 5 schools.

“Our commitment to academic success for our student-athletes is a priority for all of us in Gamecock athletics department,” said Athletics Director Ray Tanner.  “I appreciate the work of our Academic Services staff, who helps guide our student-athletes for academic success.  At South Carolina, every coach and staff member is committed to the growth and development of our student-athletes intellectually, athletically, socially and culturally

An outstanding nine teams scored a perfect GSR (100): Men’s Track & Field, Men’s Soccer, Men’s Swimming & Diving, Men’s Tennis, Women’s Track & Field/Cross Country, Women’s Soccer, Softball, Women’s Tennis, Volleyball. Thirteen of our NCAA-sponsored teams exceeded the Division I national average for their sport.

“The Dodie Enrichment Staff is definitely thrilled with the academic success that our student-athletes have exhibited, “ said Charlie Ball, Associate AD. “ We look forward to providing continued support to our student-athletes, guiding them to a legacy of achievements, not only academically, but holistically.”

A Record of Academic Success

Gamecock Athletics has developed a proud tradition of academic success, achieving a 3.0 departmental grade point average (GPA) or higher in 31 straight semesters. Most recently, in Spring 2022, the department secured a 3.240. During the Spring 2022 semester, 15-of-18 teams earned a GPA of 3.0 or better, while the department celebrated 74 student-athletes earning President’s List honors (4.0), 151 student-athletes earning the Dean’s List (3.5) and 370 earning the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll (3.0).

Eleven Gamecock athletic squads have met the 3.0 standard for all 31 semesters – equestrian, men’s golf, women’s golf, men’s soccer, women’s soccer, softball, women’s swimming and diving, men’s tennis, women’s tennis, women’s track and field and volleyball. Beach volleyball has made a 3.0 GPA or better for all 18 semesters of the sport’s existence at South Carolina.

Since 2015, Gamecock Athletics have had 2,902 student-athletes earn Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Roll status, most of any school in the league.  Almost 71 percent of all Gamecock student-athletes make the SEC Academic Honor Roll each year.  The 467 Gamecock student-athletes making the 2021-22 SEC Academic Honor Roll is the highest for any one SEC school in the last seven years.

During the 2021-22 academic year, South Carolina had four student‐athletes each CoSIDA Academic All‐America honors. Aliyah Boston was named to the women’s basketball first‐team and was the sport’s Academic All‐American of the Year. Lauren Chang (women’s soccer) and Daniel Rodrigues (men’s tennis) were named to their sport’s second team and Sean Petersen of men’s track was named to his sport’s third team.