Lacrosse Again Fares Well in NCAA Graduation Rate Report

According to the annual NCAA's Graduation Success Rate (GSR) report, which was released this week, lacrosse again fares extremely well compared to other sports for the 2005-2008 cohorts among schools in Division I. Male lacrosse players had a GSR of 88%, which was tied for third among the sports in the survey, and was tied for fourth with a federal graduation rate at 73%. The rankings are the same as they were a year ago.

Female lacrosse players were tied for third in GSR at 95% and were fifth with a federal rate of 81%. Both rankings - but not the percentages - represent a small drop from last year, when women's lacrosse was tied for first in GSR and fourth in the federal rate.

GSR data, as well as the perhaps more familiar federal graduation rate data, are shown in the table below by gender and sport. For more information on the GSR, please see the NCAA web site.

[Note: The federal rate uses fall cohorts as a base, and from that a very small number of exclusions are made for deaths, military service, participation in church missions, etc. On the other hand, the GSR begins with the same cohort but adds freshmen who enter in January and transfers from two- and four-year colleges. It also includes non-scholarship athletes at schools not offering athletic aid. Finally, the GSR excludes students who left school while academically eligible. The upshot for the 2005-2008 cohort was that 32,071 students were included in the GSR and not in the federal rate, and 23,220 students were excluded from the GSR but included in the federal rate. Given that the starting point is 85,708 student-athletes, the differences in the GSR and federal methodologies are significant.]


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