Vanderbilt, LSU lead in graduation rate

Vanderbilt and LSU are the top two football programs in the SEC in terms of graduation success rate.

The latest graduation success rate (GSR) scores were released by the NCAA on Thursday, and Vanderbilt checked in at 85 percent and LSU at 77 percent.

The GSR includes transfer students and student-athletes who leave in good academic standing, unlike the federal graduation rate, which does not include transfers. The GSR measures graduation over a six-year period from initial enrollment. These latest figures are a four-year average for freshmen who entered school between fall 2002 and fall 2005.

Below are the GSR numbers for the entire SEC:

Vanderbilt: 85 percent

LSU: 77

Alabama: 75

Florida: 75

Missouri: 73

Georgia: 69

Texas A&M: 69

Kentucky: 65

Auburn: 64

Mississippi State: 60

Ole Miss: 59

Tennessee: 58

Arkansas: 55

South Carolina: 55