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    BC athletes among nation’s best in graduation dates

    Boston College earned high marks in the NCAA’s release of Graduation Success Rate data on Thursday, recording a score of 96 percent to place fifth overall in the nation in all sports among Football Bowl Subdivision institutions.

    BC was topped only by Notre Dame (99), Duke (98), Stanford (97), and Northwestern (97).

    The Eagles had 14 perfect scores (100), including 10 women’s programs: basketball, crew/rowing, field hockey, ice hockey, skiing, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, volleyball. Men’s fencing, golf, skiing, and swimming also had 100s.


    BC’s football team recorded a 95 score, best in the Atlantic Coast Conference and tied for third nationally with Notre Dame behind Northwestern (97) and Rice (96). The Eagles were among eight football teams to receive a score of 90 or better.

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    The men’s basketball team scored a 78 and the men’s hockey a 77, both of which reflect an improvement over last year’s report.

    The national data showed Division 1 student-athletes, who entered college in 2006, earned degrees at a rate of 82 percent, the highest recorded since the NCAA began tracking GSR rates in 1995.

    The data revealed FBS student-athletes earned a 71 score and African-American men’s basketball players graduated at a 68 percent rate — the highest for both groups.

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