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Another Banner Year for LMU GSR

Nov. 15, 2016 LINKS: #LIONSTRONG | Give to LMU Athletics | LMU on Facebook | LMU on Twitter | NCAA GSR Information

For the fourth straight year, Loyola Marymount University registered a new all-time high institutional Graduation Success Rate (GSR), this time posting a mark of 93 percent in the latest figures released earlier today by the National Collegiate Athletics Association. The new mark tops last year’s 92 percent, which had previously bested 2014’s 91 percent.

This year marks the fourth straight time in the 12-year history of the metric that LMU has reached or exceeded 90 percent, and the eighth straight year the campus has posted a mark of 88 percent or higher.

GSR data indicates the number of student-athletes earning a degree within six years. The NCAA developed the GSR to more accurately assess the academic success of student-athletes. The Graduation Success Rate includes transfer students and student-athletes who leave in good academic standing, unlike the federal rate, which does not count transfers. The GSR also accounts for mid-year enrollees and is calculated for every sport.

The most recent Graduation Success Rates are based on the four entering freshmen classes in Division I from 2006 through 2009.

Overall, LMU's GSR rate of 93 percent is six percent better than the NCAA average of 86 percent – matching the highest rate ever set last year. In this most recent data, all but one team at LMU earned GSRs above 80 percent, including 12 with marks of 90 percent or better.

Seven LMU teams registered perfect 100 GSR marks, including men’s golf, men’s and women’s water polo, women’s rowing, women’s swimming, women’s tennis and women’s track. The perfect score is the fifth straight for women’s water polo, the third straight for women’s tennis, and the second straight for women’s rowing.

Of the 24 Division I schools in California, LMU's rate of 93 percent is second overall behind Stanford. The West Coast Conference shows well in the GSR standings, as the Lions are one of six member schools that are at or above 90 percent.

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