INDIANAPOLIS – Loyola University Maryland ranked tied for third out of 351 NCAA Division I schools in the organization’s latest Graduation Success Rate Report published today, and the Greyhounds again had the highest rate among schools in the State of Maryland.
Eleven Greyhounds teams recorded scores of 100 percent in the report as Loyola cumulatively achieved a 98 percent Graduation Success Rate (GSR) score for the 2006-2009 cohorts that make up this year’s report. All 15 of the Greyhounds’ included programs were at or above the national GSR of 86 percent.
The Greyhounds have been ranked in the top-25 nationally of the overall GSR in each of the report’s 12 years; this year’s 98 percent mark is tied for the highest Loyola has scored on the report, matching the Greyhounds’ 2003 rate.
Among schools that do not sponsor football at the NCAA Division I level – institutions that are classified as I-AAA – Loyola ranked second behind fellow Jesuit school Loyola University Chicago.
“We are exceptionally proud of our student-athletes’ performances in the classroom that is reflected in our 98 percent graduation rate,” said Jim Paquette, Loyola’s assistant vice president and director of athletics. “Loyola’s student-athletes pursue excellence in everything they do, and the Graduation Success Rate demonstrates their steadfast commitment to completing their degrees.
“In the Jesuit tradition of educating the entire person mind, body and spirit, the Loyola community supports our student-athletes in so many ways. Our faculty, deans, staff, coaches and Student-Athlete Support Services staff led by Colleen Campbell, play important roles in our students lives and we are so grateful for their efforts.”
Loyola attained 100 percent scores for men’s cross country, men’s golf, men’s lacrosse, men’s soccer, men’s swimming and diving, men’s tennis, women’s basketball, women’s lacrosse, women’s rowing, women’s soccer and women’s tennis.
“In my many interactions with our outstanding student-athletes, I am continuously inspired by their eagerness to embrace the challenge of balancing a tireless commitment to training and competition with the rigorous academic demands of a Loyola education,” said Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J., president of Loyola. “This inspiring performance by our Greyhounds – as leaders among their peers across the country – brings a great deal of pride and spirit to our entire community.”
The NCAA developed the Graduation Success Rate as part of its academic reform initiative to more accurately assess the academic success of student-athletes. The GSR also accounts for midyear enrollees and is calculated for every sport, which increases the total number of student-athletes tracked for graduation by more than 37 percent over the federal version.
Under the calculation, institutions are not penalized for outgoing transfer students who leave in good academic standing. Instead, the outgoing transfers are passed to the receiving institution's Graduation Success Rate cohort.
The NCAA also calculates the federal graduation rate for student-athletes, which does not hold institutions accountable for transfer student-athletes; it is the only rate by which to compare student-athletes to the general student body.
Loyola’s Federal Graduation Rate was tied for ninth nationally.