Most ACC schools, including Virginia Tech and Virginia, continue to outpace their Division I and power-conference peers in graduating athletes.

Among the four Division I institutions in Hampton Roads, only William and Mary trumps national averages for football, men’s basketball and overall, as measured by the NCAA’s Graduation Success Rates.

The governing body released its annual report Thursday, and the numbers reflect scholarship athletes who enrolled from 2003-06.

Nationally, 81 percent of Division I scholarship athletes who enrolled during that four-year window graduated within six years. The norms for men’s basketball and Bowl Subdivision football were 70 percent; Championship Subdivision football was 68 percent.

Some general notes:

* Six of the 14 FBS schools with all-sport GSRs of at least 90 percent hail from the ACC. They are Notre Dame, Duke, Boston College, Wake Forest, Miami and Virginia Tech.

* Thirteen of the ACC’s 15 members exceeded the national overall rate of 81 percent. Florida State and Pittsburgh were the exceptions at 79 and 77, respectively.

* Virginia Tech was among 11 ACC men’s basketball programs above the national average. None of the other four power conferences — Big Ten, Pacific 12, Big 12 and Southeastern — had more than six. Virginia was among the four ACC programs below 70.

* The ACC’s Duke and Notre Dame were among six power-conference men’s basketball programs with 100 percent GSRs. The others were Illinois, Kansas, Penn State and West Virginia.

* Virginia and Virginia Tech were among nine ACC football programs above 70 percent. Duke and Boston College were among seven FBS teams above 90, joining Northwestern, Notre Dame, Stanford, Air Force and Boise State.

* Nine of William and Mary’s 19 sports reported perfect GSRs.

* Richmond led the Colonial Athletic Association’s 10 football programs at 91 percent.

Some charts for your perusal.


                Overall  Hoops   Football

UVa       88           64           74

VT           90           90           78

BC           96           78           94

Clem      87           78           77

Duke     98           100         92