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LEWISBURG, Pa. -- According to federal data released by the NCAA and reported on by The Associated Press and The Chronicle of Higher Education, Bucknell's four-year student-athlete graduation rate was highest in the nation among student-athletes who entered college between the 1996-97 and 1999-2000 academic years.

The Chronicle of Higher Education reported that Bucknell was one of four institutions to graduate at least 90 percent of its student-athletes who enrolled during that four-year period. Bucknell posted a 93-percent rate, followed by Davidson (90 percent), Duke (90 percent) and Georgetown (90 percent).

Further, the Associated Press looked at one-year graduation rates for student-athletes who entered as freshmen in 1999-2000 and reported that Bucknell, Boston College, Duke and Northwestern all graduated at least 90 percent. Duke, at 91 percent, had the highest rating. The other three each had 90 percent rates, but Bucknell was the only school of the top four to exceed its overall student body grad rate (88 percent).

Interestingly, the national student-athlete graduation rate of 63 percent exceeded the graduation rate of all students (61 percent). In fact, every class since 1986 has demonstrated that student-athletes have graduated at rates higher than those of the general student body.

In September Bucknell's men's basketball team was cited as being one of only 17 in the nation -- and one of two programs who finished the 2005-06 season ranked in the top 25 -- to boast a perfect 100-percent GSR.

See complete story || NCCA release || Chronicle of Higher Education

Posted Nov. 10, 2006

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