Georgia College Athletics Paces State in Federal Grad Rate – Again

Georgia College Athletics has Academic Success

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga.  — According to the yearly NCAA academic calculations, Georgia College ranks first in Federal Graduation Rate (FGR) among athletic departments in all of NCAA Division I and II athletics within the state of Georgia for the second year in a row.

The Bobcats lead the University System of Georgia (USG) with an 87 percent graduation rate as the class average for the last four undergraduate classes is also the highest in the state at 74 percent.  

Georgia College student-athletes consistently graduate at a rate above the general student body and show a 12 percent increase in the four-class average.

“The culture at Georgia College continues to attract student-athletes who pursue excellence in both academics and athletics,” said Dr. J.J. Arias, Department of Economics and Finance Chair and GC’s Faculty Athletics Representative. “Our high Federal Graduation Rates reflect positively on our student-athletes, faculty, coaches and staff.”

Beyond the various athletic successes from routine PBC and NCAA postseason tournament appearances, the Georgia College Department of Athletics excels in defining what it means to be a student-athlete by preaching the mantra “student first” and continuing to dominate in the classroom yearly.  

“Every year I tell myself that we should talk more about how well we perform academically, but the reality is that I don’t because this is our standard,” said Director of Athletics Wendell Staton. “Academic excellence is an expectation as part of the holistic student-athlete experience and I am so proud of the work our student-athletes are doing in all areas of their lives.” 

The FGR for student-athletes is an indicator of the percentage of freshmen who entered and were awarded athletics aid during a given academic year and graduated within six years of initial enrollment.

The Georgia College Department of Athletics, two-time winners of the PBC Commissioner's Cup and the 2017 PBC Sportsmanship Institution of the Year, sponsors 11 varsity athletic programs at the NCAA Division II level. As a Division II program, Bobcat Athletics prides itself on balancing the life of the student-athlete, evidenced by the teams' multiple appearances in post-season competition as well as documented academic success and community-service involvement. Sign up at @GCBobcats on Twitter and Facebook for up-to-the-minute reports, and visit GCBobcats.PhotoReflect.com to purchase photo prints from home athletic contests.