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The Chronicle of Higher Education: Highest and Lowest Division I Graduation Rates

Oct. 29, 2010

EASTON, Pa. - According to the latest NCAA report of Division I institutions, Lafayette College ranks third in the nation in student-athlete graduation success rate (GSR). The Leopards post an impressive 97% GSR, ranking well above the national GSR for Division I student-athletes of 79%.

"These numbers confirm our commitment to providing the highest quality experience for our student-athletes," said Lafayette Director of Athletics Bruce McCutcheon. "There are tremendous demands placed on these young people both academically and athletically. We are extremely pleased that this latest data reflects the academic success of the men and women representing Lafayette College."

Fourteen of the Leopards' 20 intercollegiate sports included in the study boast a 100% GSR, with every Leopards' program registering above the Division I average.

For the Lafayette class that entered in 2003, student-athletes had a federal graduation rate of 91% and the student body was at 90%. In addition, the four-year federal graduation rate in the current report is 87% for Lafayette student-athletes and 90% for all students.

In the 2009-10 academic year, 16 Lafayette athletic programs earned NCAA Public Recognition Awards, while the golf, field hockey and men's soccer programs claimed further national accolades for academic excellence. Individually, Steve Serling '10 of the men's lacrosse team earned Scholar All-America status and fencer Banks Clark '10 received an NCAA postgraduate scholarship. Additionally, 266 student-athletes merited a selection to the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll by virtue of posting a cumulative grade-point average of 3.20 or higher.