Student-Athletes Post an Overall GPA over 3.0 in Spring Semester

Florida Atlantic University student-athletes concluded the 2016-17 season with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) above a 3.0 for the second consecutive year and fourth consecutive semester. The two-year consistency is evidence of a departmental culture rather than a trend for the more than 450 Owls and their respective coaches and support staffs.

“Congratulations to our student-athletes for their continued academic achievement,” said Pat Chun, FAU’s vice president and director of athletics. “Across the board, all of our varsity programs continue to do exemplary work academically. This is a testament to our student-athletes, coaches and support staff. The academic growth of our program over the past few years has been compelling.” Every women’s varsity team posted above the departmental spring GPA of 3.089 with women’s golf leading the way with a 3.579 team GPA. On the men’s side, five of the eight teams posted a 3.0 or above. Men’s cross country edged out men’s tennis by .100 to finish in the top spot with a 3.656 team average.

Seventeen of 18 teams posted a cumulative GPA higher than the celebrated 2014 spring departmental GPA of 2.865, which is an example of the student-athletes’ dedication to academics over the last four years. In the spring of 2015, 49.39 percent of the 409 student-athletes posted a 3.0+ GPA. In 2017, 62.20 percent of the 412 student-athletes posted a 3.0+ GPA, and for the second consecutive spring, more than 50 percent of both the men and women posted above a 3.0 GPA.

“We are proud to celebrate our student-athletes success in the classroom by earning above a 3.0 GPA for the fourth-consecutive semester,” said Eric Coleman, FAU’s director of the Student-Athlete Center for Academic Excellence and associate AD. “Our expectation is for FAU student-athletes to earn a ‘B’ or better in all their classes and currently 62 percent of our students have met or exceeded that expectation.”

In total, 255 student-athletes posted a 3.0 GPA or above, which is 62.20 percent of the Owls. The Spring 2017 President’s List saw 19 student-athletes honored while 32 were members of their respective college’s Dean’s List. FAU honored 18 student-athletes at the December 2016 graduation and 49 moved the mortarboard tassel in the spring of 2017.

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