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Pepperdine Excels in Latest NCAA Graduation Success Rate Report

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The Pepperdine University Department of Athletics continues to excel in the latest “NCAA Graduation Success Rate (GSR) Report,” which was released by the national organization in October.

The Waves boast an overall GSR rate of 93 percent, better than the national average of 81 percent (which is an all-time best since the NCAA began tracking the statistic). The newest GSR data covers student-athletes who enrolled between 2003 and 2006.

Ten of Pepperdine’s 14 teams enjoy GSR rates better than the national average for their sports. Nine of the Waves’ teams have 100 percent GSR rates: baseball, men’s cross country/track, women’s cross country/track, men’s golf, women’s soccer, men’s tennis, women’s tennis, men’s volleyball, and women’s volleyball.

The Waves also do very well compared to their peers. Of the 24 Division I schools in California, Pepperdine’s rate of 93 percent is tied for third place overall. The West Coast Conference rates very highly and the Waves are one of five member schools that are above 90 percent.

The NCAA began compiling these figures with the entering first-year class of 1995 and developed the GSR in order to more accurately assess the academic success of student-athletes. The GSR includes transfer students and student-athletes who leave in good academic standing. The GSR measures graduation rates over six years from initial college enrollment.