Student-Athletes Score Big Academically

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Senior defender Lauren Shepherd was one of three women’s soccer players selected All-Conference USA. The women’s soccer team had a 100 percent graduation success rate, according to the NCAA.

Seven of SMU’s 15 varsity teams rated a perfect 100-percent among Conference USA schools in Graduation Success Rates (GSR), according to data released by the NCAA in October.

Among Conference USA schools, the SMU football team ranked third, while men’s basketball rated second.

Programs that scored 100 percent were men’s and women’s tennis, volleyball, women’s basketball, women’s soccer, cross-country and track.

In addition, all 15 of SMU’s programs rated by the NCAA were equal to or better than the national average. The data is from the four-class aggregate of entering classes from 2000 through 2003, for which the NCAA has compiled sport-by-sport GSR and the comparable graduation rate using federally mandated methodology.

– Nancy Lowell George ’79

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