Lacrosse Fares Well in NCAA Graduation Rate Success Report

According to the NCAA's annual Graduation Success Rate (GSR) report, released this week, lacrosse again fares well for the 2007-2010 entering cohorts among schools in Division I. Male lacrosse players had a GSR of 88%, which was tied for 8th among the sports in the survey, and was tied for 6th with a federal graduation rate at 71%. Female lacrosse players were tied for 4th in GSR at 96% and were 4th with a federal rate of 81%.

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, church mission work, 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 or who were participants on teams the school no longer sponsors.

The upshot for the 2007-2010 cohort is that 31,833 students were included in the GSR and not in the federal rate, and 24,754 students were excluded from the GSR but included in the federal rate. Given that the starting point is 88,683 student-athletes, the differences in the GSR and federal methodologies are significant. In particular, the GSR does not account for the 23,554 athletes (26.6% of the total) who left school while academically eligible.


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