Success in academics for the University of Louisville student-athletes continues at a high level, reflected in recent national graduation rates released Wednesday by the NCAA.

UofL student-athletes combined for a record 88 percent graduation rate in the Graduation Success Rate (GSR) Report, which was developed 14 years ago to account for transfers into the university that graduate and those who leave in good academic standing.

The Cardinals’ GSR, most recently reported for freshmen who entered in the 2011-12 academic year, has risen 22 percent since the reporting began 14 years ago. Fifteen sports — men’s and women’s basketball, women’s cross country/track, field hockey, football, women’s golf, women’s lacrosse, women’s rowing, women’s soccer, softball, men’s and women’s swimming, men’s and women’s tennis, and volleyball — reached a GSR at 85 percent or above in the most recent report. Six teams — Field hockey, women’s golf, women’s rowing, softball, and men’s and women’s tennis — achieved perfect marks.  The four-class average for UofL freshmen student-athletes who entered in 2010-11 was 69 percent.

“Our student-athletes have continued to improve upon their academic standing at record accomplishments,” said Vince Tyra, UofL Vice-President and Director of Athletics. “It starts with our coaches recruiting the top student-athletes, continues with the commitment from the student-athletes to achieve in their academic pursuits, and also having a dedicated support staff in place to aid their efforts.”

Six University of Louisville athletic teams — men’s and women’s basketball, women’s cross country, and men’s and women’s golf – received NCAA Public Recognition Awards in May for ranking among the top 10 percent nationally in Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores for the most recent four-year period from 2013-17, including five teams with perfect scores.  Cardinal athletic teams posted a collective 3.233 GPA during the 2018 spring semester.

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