Sept. 5, 2003
Los Angeles, CA (Aug. 4) - According to the 2003 NCAA Graduation-Rate Report released on Aug. 25, the Loyola Marymount University Athletic Department posted a rate of 85 percent for all athletes exhausting their eligibility and a rate of 73 percent for those receiving athletics aid.
The Lions graduation rate of 85 percent compares to a rate of 70 percent for all students at LMU. The numbers are the freshman-cohort graduation rates for those who entered as freshman at LMU in the 1996-97 school year. The 1996-97 freshmen class included 37 student-athletes on athletics aid.
There were 160 student-athletes who enrolled at LMU between 1987-88 and exhausted their eligibility with the Lions. Of those 160, 136 earned their degree at LMU.
According to an article in the Los Angeles Times on Sept. 3, LMU's rates for those on athletics aid was second best among the 10 NCAA Division I institutions in the Southern California region. UC Riverside, who joined Division I ranks just two years ago, had a 77 percent graduation rate for the 1996-97 class that competed in the Division II ranks. LMU and UCR are the only two schools among the 10 in Southern California to have their student-athletes graduate at a higher rate than the entire student body.
"We are pleased with our graduation rates for this year and in the past," said Athletic Director Dr. William Husak. "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."
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