Oct. 24, 2013
EASTON, Pa. - Lafayette College's athletic programs had the second highest total in the nation in Graduation Success Rate (GSR) as announced on Thursday by the NCAA in its annual report. Lafayette boasted a 98 percent GSR overall for its 18 sports measured and a total of 14 Lafayette programs registered a graduation rate of 100 percent.
Lafayette's GSR of 98 percent was just behind Brown, Dartmouth and Notre Dame, which had graduation success rates of 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 14 programs to receive perfect GSR scores were baseball, men's and women's cross country and track and field, men's golf, men's and women's lacrosse, men's and women's soccer, men's and women's swimming and diving, men's tennis, women's basketball, softball and volleyball.
Lafayette's football program received a ranking of 96, the fourth best mark in the NCAA. Field hockey registered a 94 and men's basketball an 89.
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 89 percent, tied for third in the country.
For full NCAA data for all schools, conferences, sports and years, click here.