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Furman Athletics Posts Impressive Graduation Rates

Sir Paladin
Sir Paladin

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Furman University athletics is continuing its tradition of recording solid graduation rates according to the NCAA, which has released its annual Graduation Success Rates (GSR).

Eight of Furman's 15 athletic teams posted perfect scores of 100, and the university's overall GSR of 90 was two percentage points higher than the national average for student-athletes in NCAA Division I who enrolled over the four-year period from 2008-11 and were allowed six years to graduate.

Furman sports achieving perfect GSR scores of 100 include men's lacrosse, men's tennis, softball, women's cross country/track & field, women's golf, women's soccer, women's tennis, and women's volleyball.  Women's basketball and baseball each notched a score of 92, while two other sports - football (80) and men's cross country/track & field (86) - also topped the national average. 

In addition to annually posting exemplary graduation rates, Furman consistently ranks at or near the top of the Southern Conference in athletic competitiveness as evidenced by the Paladins' seven league titles in 2017-18.  The Paladins won the Germann Cup, which annually recognizes the league's best all-around, most competitive women's athletic program. 


The Graduation Success Rate was developed by the NCAA as part of its academic reform initiative to more accurately measure the success of Division I student-athletes.  The GSR takes into account the many different academic paths followed by today's college students.

Unlike the federal graduation rate, the GSR holds institutions accountable for transfer students. The GSR also accounts for midyear enrollees and is calculated for every sport.  By counting incoming transfer students and mid-year enrollees, the GSR increases the total number of student-athletes tracked for graduation by approximately 37 percent.  Under the GSR calculation, institutions are not penalized for outgoing transfer students who leave in good academic standing. These outgoing transfers are essentially passed to the receiving institution's GSR cohort.

The NCAA also calculates the federal graduation rate for student-athletes, because it is the only rate to compare student-athletes to the general student body.  This year marks the 17th year of GSR data that have been collected. The NCAA began collecting GSR data with the entering freshman class of 1995. The latest entering class for which data are available is 2011.  Complete GSR results are available at

Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information