October 27, 2010

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LEWISBURG, Pa. — Once again Bucknell Athletics ranks among the nation's elite when it comes to the graduation rate of its student-athletes, using both the Department of Education's and the NCAA's formulae.

Furthering its long-standing tradition of success in the NCAA's annual graduation rates survey, released Wednesday afternoon, Bucknell's four-class average for student-athletes entering between 2000-01 and 2003-04 ranks seventh nationally.

With a four-class average of 87 percent, Bucknell trails only Stanford (91 percent), Davidson (91), Notre Dame (91), Holy Cross (90), Colgate (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).

Graduation Success Rate
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 boast perfect 100 percent GSRs, counting student-athletes who entered school between the 2000-01 and 2003-04 academic years. Of Bucknell's 22 varsity sports considered in the study (cross country, indoor and outdoor track and field are combined, for GSR purposes), all 22 have a GSR of 88 percent or better and 21 came in at 90 or better.

The programs with GSR ratings of 100 percent are baseball, men's and women's golf, men's and women's lacrosse, men's and women's soccer, men's and women's swimming and diving, men's and women's tennis, men's and women's water polo, women's basketball, women's rowing, women's track and field and volleyball. Men's basketball (91) and football (90) both have GSRs that are among the highest in the nation.

Bucknell's overall GSR of 95 percent ranks 12th-best nationally. The national average is 79 percent.

See complete Bucknell Bison story || NCAA news release

Contact: Division of Communications


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