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LMU Rates Once Again Among the Best

Oct. 26, 2004

Los Angeles, CA (Oct. 26) - As graduation rates throughout the State of California and the nation are released, one thing has remained a constant: Loyola Marymount University Athletics ranks among the best in Southern California. For student-athletes who exhausted their eligibility from 1988-89 to 1997-98, the Lions graduation rate is 86 percent as released by the NCAA through its website at

Each year the Lions have posted rates that are among the top of the NCAA Division I institutions in Southern California and this year the percentage ranks tops among the nine schools in the Los Angeles basin. The rates for the Lions reflect the freshman-cohort class of 1997-98. There were 167 student-athletes who enrolled at LMU between 1997-98 and exhausted their eligibility with the Lions.

The 1997-98 freshmen class included 47 student-athletes on athletics aid. The freshman 4-class average graduation rate for LMU was 69 percent. The 69 percent graduation rate leads all schools in Southern California. The list of schools includes UC Irvine (64 percent), UC Riverside (63 percent), USC (62 percent), UCLA (61 percent), Pepperdine (58 percent), Long Beach State (46 percent), Cal State Fullerton (42 percent) and Cal State Northridge (27 percent).

"Each year we strive to put our student-athletes in the position to graduate at the top of their class in four years," said Athletic Director Dr. William Husak. "We are pleased with our graduation rates. However, we want these to improve even more. We have established goals that will allow this athletic department as a whole to achieve even greater academic success."

Among all Division I schools in California, LMU ranked fifth out of 22 institutions.



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