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Graduating with honors
Lehigh University released its 2005 NCAA student-athlete graduation success rate on January 20th, announcing a rate of 97% that ranks 5th (tied) among all Division I-AA institutions. This year marks the seventh consecutive year that Lehigh has ranked in the top 10 in graduation rate. Overall, Lehigh finished 12th among all 326 Division I institutions.
Lehigh's tradition of athletics success, including a recent NCAA Championship appearance and top five national finish in wrestling, and inclusion in U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best College Sports Programs," has not come at the expense of the academic success of its student athletes. Lehigh is committed to balancing involvement in its athletic programs with academic achievement to prepare student athletes for successful lives long after they graduate. As a result, Lehigh's ranking has been in the top 20 in graduation rate for ten years, or essentially since the NCAA has tabulated graduation rates.
Two years ago, Lehigh won the inaugural USA Today/NCAA Foundation Award for having the nation's top graduation rate for all Division I institutions. This year, the Patriot League finished with the highest overall conference rate in Division I for the fifth consecutive year.
The NCAA graduation rates measure the number of student athletes who enter an institution and graduate within the NCAA allowable period of six years. This year's rate measured student athletes who enrolled in the 1998-99 academic year and earned degrees by August 2002. If a student-athlete transfers to another institution, the student-athlete is counted against an institution's graduation rate total.
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