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Date: September 5, 2003
Contact: Brian Laubscher (540) 458-8676
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W&L ATHLETICS RECEIVES ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Generals Among Top DIII Schools in Graduation Award

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Washington and Lee recently received the 2003 USA Today/NCAA Academic Achievement Award for placing among the Top 10 schools in Division III for student-athlete graduate rates.

W&L tied for sixth overall, graduating 92 percent of its student-athlete enrollment.   Last year, the Generals placed eighth overall with a 90 percent graduation rate.

The University of New England ranked first with a 100 percent graduation rate, followed by Scranton (97%), Wellesley (96%), Marywood (95%), Middlebury (95%), W&L (92%), St. Benedict (92%), Rosemont (92%), Carleton (91%) and Johns Hopkins (91%).

The study is for freshmen who entered school in the fall of 1996, allowing six years to graduate.

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Contact: Brian Laubscher
Sports Information Director
PO Drawer 928
Lexington, VA 24450
Phone: 540-458-8676