Penn State student-athletes victorious in the classroom

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LSU's student athletes are graduating at an all-time high according to the most recent Graduation Success Rate according to the NCAA. The NCAA released its Graduation Success Rate (GSR) and Federal Graduation Rate (FGR) on Wednesday as part of the annual academic performance program.

"It is gratifying to see a record for graduation rate year after year", Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart said. The GSR also takes into account the academic standing of mid-year enrollees, whereas the federal formula does not. The NCAA began gathering GSR data with the freshman class of 1995 and its latest release represents freshmen who enrolled in 2010.

"We're proud of the success our student-athletes have made in the classroom", Texas Tech Director of Athletics Kirby Hocutt said.

Arkansas baseball had a GSR score of 65, which is nine points lower than last year's score of 74.

Furthermore, women's cross country/track programs ranked first in the Mountain West, while golf, soccer and men's tennis programs all tied for first in the conference.

All 13 of Gonzaga's countable programs finished above the national average in their respective sports.

Razorback student-athletes that entered school in a four-year period from 2007-10 earned a school record GSR of 80 percent.

In addition to the five teams that garnered flawless GSR scores, eight programs posted scores of 90 percent or better including women's cross country and track & field (91 percent), women's ice hockey (93 percent), women's lacrosse (96 percent), women's soccer (92 percent), softball (94 percent), women's swimming (95 percent), baseball (95 percent), and men's ice hockey (90 percent). The WCC average is 90 percent and the NCAA average is 85. University Park students had a GSR of 78, good enough for third best in the Big Ten.

Navy ranked 13th nationally among schools that have teams in the Football Bowl Subdivision with a graduation rate of 91 percent. The Tigers also had the highest GSR overall among Division I female athletes, according to a statement.

The record mark shows a two-point rise from last year's score of 79 percent in the Graduation Success Rate (GSR) and the 81 percent tops the previous high-water mark of 80 percent, which the Wolf Pack had twice hit previously.

On a statewide level, Virginia Tech's overall GSR of 90 was tied for second among all universities behind leader William & Mary. The inclusion this year of the Huskies freshman class of 2010, which included Shabazz Napier, Tyler. Men's tennis earned its third-straight 100, and volleyball has recorded a flawless 100 graduation success rate since the metric began being released.