Loyola Student-Athletes Tops Among Baltimore Schools In Graduation Rates

Sept. 28, 2006

Baltimore, Md. - Loyola College is among the top local schools in terms of graduation success rates recently released by the NCAA. Greyhound student-athletes are above national standards in each sport and nearly perfect on the women's side. The newly released reports compile a four-class aggregate of entering classes from 1996 through 1999.

In that report, Loyola achieved a 100 percent graduation success rate in nine of 13 reported sports, including six of seven reported women's sports. These figures were far better than any other Division I Baltimore school. In terms of men's basketball, the figures reported in today's Baltimore Sun, Loyola achieved an 88 percent graduation rate.

The NCAA's Graduation Rate Success release is the first of two this fall, and it includes four-class averages for each team at each institution. The NCAA will release each institution's overall federal graduation rate in October.

The research indicates good news overall for college athletics as the data shows that the GSR for men has increased from 68 percent to 71 percent and from 85 percent to 88 percent for women. Men's basketball went from 56 percent to 61 percent in the same period, while Football Bowl Subdivision teams went from 63 percent to 68 percent.