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BC graduation rate third in the nation

Posted by Julian Benbow, Globe Staff  October 26, 2012 06:40 PM

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The NCAA released its annual graduation success rate data Friday, and Boston College was tied for third in the nation among Football Bowl Subdivision schools, with 97 percent of its athletes completing their degrees. BC trailed only by Notre Dame (99 percent) and Duke (98).

As trying as the year has been for the 1-6 BC football team on the field, in the classroom it continues to shine, graduating 94 percent of its players, tied with Miami for the highest rate in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Altogether, 17 of the school's 29 programs graduated 100 percent of its athletes. The information was based on students who started school in 2005.

Nationwide, graduation rates in football and men's basketball increased. Basketball jumped to 74 percent, a 6 points higher than a year ago, and football bumped to 70 percent, a point higher year over year.

According to US New and World Report, BC is 24th in the nation in four-year graduation rate at 87 percent.

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