Published on October 23, 2019 by Joey Mullins  

Samford University athletics teams continue to be ranked among the top in the nation for Graduation Success Rate (GSR). According to a report released by the NCAA, Samford earned a 97 percent overall GSR score,  placing Samford 18th in the nation among all colleges and universities in the NCAA Division I level.

The 97 percent score also puts Samford No. 1 among Division I schools in Alabama and in the Southern Conference. 

The most recent GSR measures how many student-athletes in the classes of 2009 through 2012 graduated within six years of their enrollment. Nine of Samford's teams earned perfect scores of 100 percent — baseball, men's basketball, men's golf, men's tennis, women's basketball, women's golf, soccer, women's tennis and volleyball. All Samford teams scored above the national average in the report.

“Seeing these scores remain consistently high makes everyone at Samford extremely proud,” Assistant AD for Academics Paige Mathis said. ”Our student-athletes are committed to excelling both in competition and in the classroom and this shows their continued dedication to being true student-athletes. These numbers are also a tribute to the hard work of many people on campus – from the professors to the administration to the coaches that are just as dedicated to making sure our student-athletes have the resources needed to achieve these types of results.” 

The NCAA developed the Graduation Success Rate in response to college and university presidents who wanted graduation data that more accurately reflects the mobility among all college students today. The formula achieves this by allowing student-athletes who leave school while academically eligible to be subtracted from a school’s score and student-athletes who transfer to a school after initially enrolling elsewhere to be added. This calculation offers a more accurate look at student-athlete success. 


  • Samford has consistently earned an overall GSR above 90 percent since 2012.
  • Men’s tennis has earned a perfect GSR since the methodology’s inception in 2002.
  • Men’s basketball and golf have earned a perfect GSR the past seven consecutive years.
  • Women’s golf and soccer have earned a perfect GSR the past six consecutive years.
  • Women’s basketball has earned a perfect GSR the past five consecutive years.



Baseball: 100

Men’s Basketball: 100

Football: 95

Men’s Golf: 100

Men’s Tennis: 100

Men’s CC/Track: 94

Women’s Basketball: 100

Women’s Golf: 100

Softball: 94

Soccer: 100

Women’s Tennis: 100

Women’s CC/Track: 96

Volleyball: 100

The complete graduation rate report is available online at

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 66th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 104th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,683 students from 47 states and 19 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.