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Wildcat Football Graduation Rate Ratio Tops Pac-10
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: November 22, 2000
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(Nov. 22, 2000) -- Numbers released by the NCAA earlier this week show that the University of Arizona football team's graduation rate ratio - the difference between the institution's student body graduation rate and the football team's graduation rate - leads the Pacific-10 Conference, and is 10th in the nation.

The report released the graduation rates of students who entered the institutions for the first time in 1993-94.

The Wildcat football team graduated 67 percent of its athletes from that class, while the 52 percent of the Arizona student body at-large graduated, a difference of 15 percent. The students are given six years to graduate.

"That is a feather in the cap of the players, the academic staff and the university," head coach Dick Tomey said. "All universities are different, and this is a very strong indication of the excellent job that is done with academics here."

Southern California and Washington State were the only other Pac-10 schools with positive ratios. The Trojans were second in the conference with a 10 percent rate, while the Cougars were at 1 percent.

Pac-10 Conference
 1. Arizona		15%
 2. USC			10%
 3. Washington State	1%
 4. Arizona State	-1%
 5. Washington		-7% 
 6. UCLA		-8%
 7. California		-13%
 8. Stanford		-15%
 9. Oregon		-18%
10. Oregon State	-20%

NCAA - Division I-A
 1. Mississippi		28%
 2. Hawai'i		26%
 3. Memphis		24%
 4. Eastern Michigan	23%
 5. Mississippi State	21%
 6. Toledo		20%
 7. Louisville		18%
 8. West Virginia	17%
 9. Baylor		17%
10. Arizona		15%

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