Oct. 24, 2013
CHICAGO - Loyola University Chicago achieved a Graduation Success Rate (GSR) of 94 percent it was announced today by the NCAA. That mark is up from 87 percent a year ago. Loyola's 94 percent GSR ranks first among 2012-13 members of the Horizon League, slightly ahead of Green Bay (91%) and Valparaiso (89%).
The figures reflect GSRs for student-athletes who initially enrolled in college in 2006. The NCAA GSR includes transfer students and student-athletes who leave in good academic standing, unlike the federal graduation rate, which does not count transfers.
The latest data show that Division I student-athletes who entered college in 2006 equaled their highest federal graduation rate of 65 percent - 1 percentage point higher than the general student body at Division I institutions.
Loyola ranked first among Horizon League schools in six different sports - men's basketball (100%), men's soccer (86%), men's track & field (100%), women's golf (100%), softball (100%) and women's soccer (100%) - and was one of only two League schools (Green Bay - 8) to have five or more teams record a perfect 100 percent GSR.
"More student-athletes than ever before are earning their college degrees, and we are gratified to see our reform efforts impact the lives of those we serve," NCAA President Mark Emmert said. "We have even higher expectations for the future, but we are proud of the progress we have made."
The NCAA website features extensive information on the GSR and other academic measurements, including sortable data for GSR by school, conference, sport and year. That information can be found at http://www.ncaa.org/wps/wcm/connect/public/ncaa/resources/latest+news/2013/october/division+i+student-athletes+make+the+grade?pageDesign=print+template.