Lafayette’s athletics program has the second-highest graduation success rate (GSR) as announced in the NCAA’s annual report. The College boasted a 98 percent GSR overall for its 18 sports measured and 14 Lafayette programs registered a graduation rate of 100 percent.
The NCAA’s GSR includes transfer students and student-athletes who leave in good academic standing, unlike the federal graduation rate, which does not count transfers. The GSR and federal rate calculations measure graduation over six years from first-time college enrollment.
The 14 programs to receive perfect GSR scores were baseball, men’s and women’s cross country and track & field, men’s golf, men’s and women’s lacrosse, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s swimming and diving, men’s tennis, women’s basketball, softball, and volleyball.
Lafayette’s football program received a ranking of 96, the fourth best mark in the NCAA. Field hockey registered a 94 and men’s basketball an 89.
The federal graduation rate, while less inclusive than the GSR, provides the only measure of historic academic comparison between student-athletes and the general student body. By this standard, student-athletes consistently outperform nearly all their peers in the student body. Lafayette student-athletes have a federal graduation four-class average of 89 percent, tied for third in the country.