Softball is Perfect in NCAA's Graduation Success Rate

by Chelsey Chamberlain | Assistant Communications Director
Softball is Perfect in NCAA's Graduation Success Rate

BATON ROUGE – LSU softball team scored a perfect score of 100 in the most recent Graduation Success Rate released by the NCAA. Softball is one of six LSU teams team record a perfect score of 100.

“Our student-athletes consistently meet and exceed the highest standards of performance, on and off the field,” LSU Director of Athletics Scott Woodward said. “I could not be more proud of how they represent this great university with their work ethic, character and commitment to excellence in their academic and athletic pursuits.”

LSU’s overall score of 89 tied with Auburn and Missouri as the fourth-highest total among all Southeastern Conference institutions and third-best among public institutions in the league. Vanderbilt, a private university, led the way in the SEC with a score of 97. 

“The success garnered by our student-athletes is the direct result of the collective impact of all,” LSU Assistant Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs and Executive Director of the Cox Communications Academic Center for Student-Athletes Kenneth Miles said. “The culture, expectation, involvement, and inclusiveness help the Cox Communications Academic Center for Student-Athletes achieve success. Academic affairs, the Tiger Athletics Foundation, and athletics administration are essential to achieving 89 percent graduation success rate. We are certainly proud of the accomplishments of our scholar–athletes. Once a Tiger, always a Tiger.”

The National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) announced the 2018-19 Easton/NFCA All-American Scholar-Athlete honors and seven LSU softball players made the list.

Sydney BourgGeorgia ClarkAmanda DoyleBecca SchulteAmber SerrettElyse Thornhill and Shelby Wickersham all garnered the honor with outstanding work in the classroom. These seven Tigers were among 1,769 NCAA Division I student-athletes honored. Each student-athlete finished the 2018-19 academic year with at least a 3.5 grade point average or higher.

In 2018-19, LSU had a school-record 123 student-athletes graduate from the university, topping the previous mark of 114 set during the 2010-11 academic year. Most recently, LSU recognized 221 of its student-athletes for posting a 3.0 grade point average or better during the 2019 spring semester.

These scores, along with the record number of student-athlete graduates in 2018-19, again provide proof that LSU is putting its student-athletes on the right track for success after their college careers have been completed.

The NCAA developed the Graduation Success Rate to more accurately assess the academic success of student-athletes. The NCAA began compiling these figures with the entering freshmen class of 1995.