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Bulls show mild uptick in graduation success rate

USF has posted a GSR of 82 percent or better five consecutive years

USF's athletic program posted an overall 84-percent graduation success rate (GSR) in the latest Division I data released Wednesday by the NCAA, the fifth consecutive year the Bulls have scored 82 percent or better.

The 84-percent rate represents all Bulls scholarship student-athletes over a six-year period, starting with freshmen that entered college in the 2011-12 academic year. It's a 2-percent increase from last year, and 2 percent shy of the program record set in 2016.

"I am very proud that USF student-athletes continue to perform at a very high level in the classroom," USF vice-president of athletics Michael Kelly said in a statement released by the university.

"It is a testament to their hard work, the culture and commitment established by our coaches and the excellent support services provided by our academic-services staff."

The GSR is designed to show the proportion of student-athletes graduating within a six-year window, accounting for student-athletes who transfer in, and those who leave in good standing.

Four Bulls programs (men's and women's tennis, women's golf, softball) posted perfect 100-percent GSR scores, with softball staying perfect for the seventh consecutive year.

The football team posted a 76, second-highest score in program history behind the 82 percent posted in 2016. Women's basketball was at 92 percent, the sixth time in the last seven years it has eclipsed 90.

Men's basketball, which has endured the most roster turnover of any program on campus, had a 60 GSR, a 3-percent uptick from last year.

By comparison, UCF had an overall GSR of 89 percent (87 in football). Florida, FSU and Miami had overall GSR scores of 85, 82 and 90 percent, respectively.