Razorback student-athletes earned a 3.17 grade point average (GPA) in the fall 2013 semester, marking the eighth-consecutive semester student-athletes competing for the University of Arkansas have exceeded a 3.0 GPA, according to a report issued Thursday (Jan. 9) by the University of Arkansas Athletic Public Relations office.
A total of 261 Razorback student-athletes, including student-athletes representing all 19 sport programs, earned a spot on the department academic honor roll by posting a term GPA of 3.0 or better. The total marked an increase of 20 student-athletes (241) from the fall 2012 semester. A total of 45 student-athletes earned Academic Champion honors by earning a perfect 4.0 term GPA. In addition, 34 Razorback student-athletes graduated from the University of Arkansas in the fall.
With the latest term GPA, the cumulative average of current Razorback student-athletes for all semesters of their collegiate careers is 3.165, which nearly matches the department’s goal set in 2008 of reaching a cumulative GPA of 3.2 for all Razorback student-athletes by 2015.
Fourteen of 19 teams posted a team GPA of 3.0 or higher including men’s basketball, women’s basketball, women’s cross country, men’s golf, women’s golf, gymnastics, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, men’s tennis, women’s tennis, women’s indoor track and field, women’s outdoor track and field and volleyball. Men’s golf posted the highest men’s team GPA with a 3.49 GPA while women’s golf paced women’s sport programs with a 3.71 GPA.
In addition, 91 Razorback student-athletes earned an academic Personal Best in the fall of 2013. A Personal Best is achieved when student-athletes post semester GPA higher than their previous cumulative GPA. The program encourages student-athletes at all academic levels to continue to focus on academic improvement each semester while advancing toward graduation.
In all, 10 teams improved their GPA from Fall 2012 to Fall 2013, including men’s basketball, women’s basketball, football, gymnastics, women’s golf, men’s tennis, women’s tennis, women’s track and field, women’s volleyball and women’s cross country.