Georgia's football program ranked fifth in the Southeastern Conference with a 69 percent graduation rate in the latest NCAA statistics released Thursday, while Georgia Tech tied for last in the Atlantic Coast Conference at 55 percent.
The annual Graduation Success Rate showed the Bulldogs improved 4 percentage points from the previous year to rank behind Vanderbilt, LSU, Alabama and Florida in the SEC. Georgia Tech's gridiron rate held steady, leaving the Yellow Jackets tied with Florida State at the bottom of the ACC.
Also, the Yellow Jackets ranked last in the ACC in men's basketball with a paltry 18 percent, down from 27 percent the previous year. Georgia improved from 43 percent to 50 percent in men's hoops, though its ranking within the SEC actually fell two places to ninth.
Overall, Georgia's athletes graduated at a rate of 81 percent, up from 79 percent and the highest total for the school since the reporting system began in 2005. Georgia Tech's overall graduation rate for athletes held steady at 76 percent.
"It's gratifying to see that our student-athlete graduation rates continue to improve each year and that 14 of our 17 sports improved or remained the same," Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity said. "Our coaches and academic support staff deserve credit for their daily focus on the academic progress and well-being of all our student-athletes. The annual report is encouraging and there is still room for more improvement. All our coaches and staff are committed to that effort."
Georgia Tech expects its football score to improve next season. Nearly three-fourths of the 2006-07 freshman class have graduated and will be factored into the calculation.
"We are pleased with our overall graduation success rate and continue to provide resources to improve," athletic director Dan Radakovich said, noting improvement in the related Academic Progress Rates (APR). "We will see these APR numbers positively impact our GSR in the very near future. Our student-athletes, coaches, and academic staff are doing a great job of keeping on track for graduation."
Georgia had a record five teams score 100 percent: men's golf, women's golf, gymnastics, softball, and women's tennis. At Georgia Tech, men's golf and women's swimming/diving had perfect scores.