Lacrosse #1 in NCAA's New Graduation Success Rate

According to the NCAA's new Graduation Success Rate data, which were released this week, lacrosse tops all other sports in GSR for the 1995-1998 cohorts among schools in Division I (combined).  Male lacrosse players had a GSR of 89%, with water polo second at 87%.  Female lacrosse players led the way with a GSR of 94%, with four other sports reaching 93%.  Weighting each sport equally, the average GSRs were 76.5% and 86.5% for men's and women's sports, respectively.

GSR and the more familiar federal graduation rate data are shown in the table below by gender and sport.  You can view PDF files with GSR and federal data for each school, also by gender and sport, at the NCAA web site.  For more information on the GSR, please see the release from the NCAA, which appears following the table.

Men's SportsWomen's Sports
SportNCAA GSRFederal RateSportNCAA GSRFederal Rate
Lacrosse89%76%Lacrosse94%82%
Water Polo87%75%Fencing93%79%
Fencing85%69%Field Hockey93%81%
Gymnastics85%71%Gymnastics93%86%
Skiing85%69%Skiing93%71%
Tennis83%63%Swimming91%76%
Swimming81%67%Crew/Rowing89%77%
Ice Hockey80%65%Tennis88%70%
Golf77%60%Golf87%67%
Soccer77%57%Soccer87%70%
CC/Track73%59%Volleyball86%69%
Rifle73%62%Water Polo86%81%
Volleyball73%59%Ice Hockey84%70%
Wrestling66%50%Softball84%70%
Baseball65%47%CC/Track83%67%
Football64%54%Basketball81%65%
Basketball58%44%Rifle73%60%
  Bowling72%70%

NCAA Release on the GSR Data

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2005-12-21



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