|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 2002-2005 cohorts among schools in Division I. Male lacrosse players had a GSR of 86%, which was tied (with tennis) for fourth among the sports in the survey, and also had the fourth highest federal graduation rate at 72%.|
Female lacrosse players were tied (with field hockey) for first in GSR at 94% and were third with a federal rate of 81%. The women's results were very similar to those from a year ago, while the men's results were slightly lower compared to last year, when they tied for first in GSR.
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 2002-2005 cohort was that 30,489 students were included in the GSR and not in the federal rate, and 21,954 students were excluded from the GSR but included in the federal rate.]