Vanderbilt produced the top Academic Progress Rate (APR) score among the 12 SEC schools in the most recent study.
The Commodores had a 975 out of a possible 1,000. Georgia was second in the SEC with a 973.
The NCAA released the latest scores on Wednesday, encompassing the four-year period from the 2005-06 academic year through the 2008-09 academic year. The APR measures the eligibility, retention and graduation of athletes on every Division I team in all sports
Teams that fall below 925 risk the loss of scholarships. Ole Miss was the only SEC school to fall below that barrier. The Rebels had a 921, but weren't penalized.
Last year, they lost three scholarships for the 2010 signing class after falling below 925 and having three players to leave the team that weren't academically eligible.
The national average for football teams was 944. Six SEC teams finished above the national average -- Vanderbilt (975), Georgia (973), Florida (971), LSU (965), Alabama (957) and Kentucky (951).
Here's a look at the numbers:
Mississippi State: 939
South Carolina: 938
Ole Miss: 921
Here's a look at the 2008-09 numbers:
Ole Miss: 957
Mississippi State: 954
South Carolina: 934