Lacrosse Fares Well Again in Graduation Rate Report

According to the NCAA Graduation Success Rate (GSR) data, which were released recently, lacrosse again fares well compared to other sports for the 1996-1999 cohorts among schools in Division I (combined).  Male lacrosse players had a GSR of 88%, which was second best.  Female lacrosse players were 5th with a GSR of 93%, with four other sports reaching the 94% mark.

GSR and the perhaps more familiar federal graduation rate data are shown in the table below by gender and sport.  On this measure, men's lacrosse ranks first, and women's lacrosse ranks second.  More detailed information, including historical data, is available at the NCAA web site.

As the NCAA noted in its release for the initial time last year, "the GSR is a ... measurement that improves upon the federally mandated graduation rate by including transfer data in the calculation."  It also removes students who leave institutions while academically eligible, thus producing a much higher rate than obtained via the federal method.

Men's SportsWomen's Sports
SportNCAA GSRFederal RateSportNCAA GSRFederal Rate
Skiing89%74%Fencing94%81%
Lacrosse88%76%Field Hockey94%82%
Fencing87%68%Gymnastics94%86%
Gymnastics86%73%Skiing94%77%
Water Polo85%71%Lacrosse93%83%
Ice Hockey84%69%Swimming91%75%
Tennis83%63%CC/Track89%68%
Swimming82%68%Golf88%69%
Golf78%61%Ice Hockey88%71%
Soccer78%58%Soccer88%70%
Volleyball76%63%Tennis88%70%
CC/Track74%60%Volleyball87%70%
Rifle74%62%Softball85%70%
Wrestling69%53%Water Polo85%77%
Baseball65%46%Crew/Rowing83%76%
Football65%55%Basketball82%65%
Basketball59%45%Rifle78%67%
   Bowling70%65%
Average77.8%62.6%Average87.3%73.4%

2006-10-07



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