EASTON, Pa. - Lafayette College's athletic programs ranked eighth in the nation in Graduation Success Rate (GSR) as announced by the NCAA in its annual report. Lafayette boasted a 98 percent GSR overall for its 18 sports measured. A total of 15 Lafayette programs registered a graduation success rate of 100 percent.
Lafayette's GSR of 98 percent placed the school with eight others at that spot, while just 13 schools tallied 99 percent or better, led by Harvard at 100 percent and Columbia, Dartmouth, Evansville, Gonzaga, Loyola Chicago and Yale at 99 percent.
The NCAA's GSR includes transfer students and student-athletes who leave in good academic standing, unlike the federal graduation rate, which does not count transfers. The GSR and federal rate calculations measure graduation over six years from first-time college enrollment.
The 15 programs to receive perfect GSR scores were baseball, men's basketball, golf, men's soccer, men's tennis, men's track and cross country, women's basketball, field hockey, women's lacrosse, softball, women's soccer, women's swimming and diving, women's tennis, women's track and cross country and volleyball.
Lafayette's football program earned a ranking of 97, tied for eighth-best in the nation and first in the Patriot League, outpacing Holy Cross (96), Georgetown (92), Bucknell (91), Colgate (89), Fordham (88), Lehigh (83).
Men's swimming and diving posted an 89 percent mark followed by men's lacrosse at 80.
The federal graduation rate, while less inclusive than the GSR, provides the only measure of historic academic comparison between student-athletes and the general student body. By this standard, student-athletes consistently outperform nearly all their peers in the student body.
Lafayette student-athletes have a Federal Graduation four-class average of 87 percent, placing them 13th in the country and well-above the national rate of 67 percent.
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