Student-athletes post second-highest GPA in school history

January 25, 2010 | News, UToday
By Paul Helgren

UT student-athletes earned a collective grade point average of 3.115 for fall semester, the second-highest mark in school history. The best combined department GPA was 3.157, set last spring.

The 3.115 GPA also marked the seventh time in the last nine semesters that UT student-athletes earned a combined GPA higher than 3.0. Additionally, 11 of UT’s 15 sport programs had team GPAs of 3.0 or above, and every team had a combined GPA of at least 2.6.

Individually, 27 student-athletes earned perfect 4.0 GPAs last fall, while 115 individuals (more than 30 percent) earned a spot on the dean’s list by garnering at least a 3.50 GPA.

Additionally, 55 percent (211 of 383) of UT student-athletes achieved a 3.0 grade point average or better for the 2009 fall semester, the 12th consecutive semester in which at least half of Rocket student-athletes earned a 3.0+ GPA.

“Once again, our student-athletes had a terrific semester in the classroom,” UT Vice President and Athletic Director Mike O’Brien said. “This is the second consecutive semester in which our student-athletes have combined for a grade-point average of above a 3.1. Everyone involved with the academic success of our student-athletes — our coaches, staff and University faculty — shares in this accomplishment. They should all be very proud of what they have achieved.”

Women’s golf led the way with a team GPA of 3.651, followed closely by women’s soccer with 3.637. Both teams came very close to setting the team record for GPA in a semester; that 3.685 mark was set by women’s soccer last spring).

2009 Fall Semester Team 3.0+ GPAs

Women’s Golf 3.651
Women’s Soccer 3.637
Women’s Cross Country 3.485
Women’s Swimming 3.412
Men’s Tennis 3.361
Women’s Volleyball 3.303
Softball 3.286
Women’s Tennis 3.269
Women’s Track & Field 3.227
Men’s Golf 3.213
Women’s Basketball 3.078

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