November 19, 2009

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LEWISBURG, Pa. — Continuing a long-standing tradition of success in the NCAA's annual graduation rates survey, released Wednesday, Bucknell's four-class average for student-athletes entering between 1999-2000 and 2002-03 ranks eighth nationally.

With a four-class average of 87 percent, Bucknell trails only Holy Cross (93 percent), Davidson (91), Stanford (91), Notre Dame (90), Colgate (88), Duke (88) and Northwestern (88) among all Division I institutions reporting federal graduation rates (the Ivy League and military academies do not report federal graduation rates).

Also on Wednesday, the NCAA released its own Graduation Success Rate (GSR) data, which differs from the federal graduation-rate formula in that the GSR factors in transfer students who do graduate, and does not penalize schools for losing transfers who leave in good academic standing.

Those findings revealed that 17 Bucknell varsity programs boasted perfect 100 percent GSRs, counting student-athletes who entered school between the 1999-2000 and 2002-03 academic years. Of Bucknell's 23 varsity sports considered in the study (cross country, indoor and outdoor track and field are combined, for GSR purposes), 21 had a GSR of 89 percent or better.

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