University of Georgia reporting record graduation rates

- The University of Georgia says its student graduation rates have risen to record levels.

According to a new report from the university, nearly two-thirds of freshmen now earn their undergraduate degrees within four years, while 85 percent graduate within six years of enrolling.

That percentage would put UGA students far ahead of the six-year graduation rate for Southeastern Conference schools.

The SEC's current six-year graduation rate is 71 percent.

The six-year rate for universities the state Board of Regents has designated as "peer" schools for UGA is 75 percent.

UGA's successes follow years of efforts to boost the school's retention and graduation rates.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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