LEWISBURG, Pa. – With a focus on student-athlete graduation rates at the sport level, the NCAA announced preliminary Graduation Success Rate data along with U.S. Department of Education graduation rate data on Wednesday, Oct. 3.

And once again Bucknell fared extremely well in the findings of the two agencies.

Sixteen Bucknell varsity programs, including men’s basketball, boasted perfect 100 percent Graduation Success Rates (GSR), factoring student-athletes who entered school between the 1997-98 and 2000-01 academic years.

23 varsity sports
Of Bucknell’s 23 varsity sports considered in the study (cross country, indoor and outdoor track and field are combined, for GSR purposes), 20 had a GSR of 90 percent or better.

Focusing on sports specifically emphasized by the NCAA, Bucknell’s men’s basketball, baseball, volleyball and women’s soccer programs maintained their 100 GSRs, while the football (91) and women’s basketball (94) programs were both over 90 percent. The national averages for those sports are 61 percent in men’s basketball, 66 percent in baseball, 65 percent for Championship Subdivision football, 81 percent for women’s basketball, 88 percent for volleyball and 89 percent for women’s soccer.  

Other Bison men’s programs with 100 percent GSR figures were golf, lacrosse, soccer, tennis and water polo. Other women’s programs at 100 percent were rowing, golf, lacrosse, softball, swimming, tennis and water polo.

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Contact: Office of Communications

Posted Oct. 4, 2007 

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