The Knights are scoring off the field, as UCF student-athletes have once again been recognized for graduating at a higher rate than any other NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivison public institution in the nation.
According to a Wednesday press release, UCF has an overall graduation success rate of 93 percent, which makes it tied with Vanderbilt for the sixth-best mark in NCAA Division I FBS. They're only trailing behind private institutions Duke, Notre Dame, Stanford, Northwestern and Boston College.
"We are all very proud of the academic culture at UCF," said UCF Interim Director of Athletics Brad Stricklin in the release. "Our student-athletes, coaches, support staff and administration all believe the No. 1 goal for our student-athletes should be graduation and preparation for life after college. Once again, this year, we’re associated with some absolutely great company when you look at the institutions we are grouped with in these rankings."
The release states that 13 of UCF's 14 programs — with women's cross-country, indoor and outdoor Track & Field being combined by the NCAA for the purposes of the GSR — are at or above the national average. Among the UCF student-athletes that GSR ranks are seven programs with perfect scores of 100 percent: women’s cross-country/Track & Field, men’s golf, women’s golf, rowing, women’s soccer, women’s tennis and volleyball.
The Knights’ football program ranks No. 6 in the nation among FBS schools, as it has a 90 percent GSR. It also owns the best GSR among all FBS public institutions, according to the release.
"The high level of achievement and commitment to academic success speaks to the student-athletes who give great effort every day," said Herb Hopkinson, UCF Interim Director for Academic Services in the release. "The culture UCF coaches and staff have established creates student-athletes who want to succeed in the classroom and are prepared for life after graduation — which is our ultimate goal. Our exceptional graduation rate showcases this and reflects the hard work of not only the students, but also the entire ASSA staff that dedicates itself to student-athlete success."
The data in the report includes student-athletes who first enrolled at UCF in 2008.
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