UND teams reach 3.0+ GPA for spring
Pat Sweeney | May 24, 2019 AT 11:27 am
For the first time in its NCAA Division I era, the University of North Dakota athletics department saw every one of its varsity sports record a team semester grade point average of 3.0 or greater. Overall, UND's 357 student-athletes-- including former athletes working on degree completion-- charted a combined Spring GPA of 3.221.
"Having all teams reach a 3.0 semester GPA was the goal for our academic support staff and department as a whole," said Andres Freeman, Assistant Athletic Director for Student-Athlete Support Services. "To have this done for the first time in the D1 era is remarkable. Our athletes work so hard in the classroom every semester that it's incredible to see an accomplishment like this play out. Their dedication to the "student" side of student-athlete is evident and showcases academic achievement for our University."
Among the highlights included 20 percent of the total pool of student-athletes (357) achieved a perfect 4.0 in the Spring (70). A whopping 73 percent of all UND student-athletes had Spring term GPAs at 3.0 or above.
Leading the way in terms of highest team GPA was the women's cross country squad with a combined 3.617 grade point average. On the men's side, golf's 3.285 GPA set the pace for male teams.
UND can now claim 22 consecutive semesters with a combined grade point average at 3.0 or higher.
Highlights By Sport:
We had 11 players achieve at least a 3.0 GPA in the Spring and eight have cumulative GPAs of 3.0 or higher!
We finished with a cumulative GPA over 3.0 in the Spring, including 14 perfect 4.0s!
Men's Cross Country/Track and Field
FIVE student-athletes recorded perfect 4.0 GPAs while a total of 27 of the teams 45 members recorded at least a 3.0 grade point average.
Our team led all UND male teams with a 3.285 Spring GPA. Five of our young men achieved at least a 3.0 GPA with four of those at 3.5 or higher in the Spring. The team produced a 3.321 combined GPA this academic year.
NINETEEN of our group of men achieved a Spring GPA of 3.0 or higher, including nine at 3.5 or above. We also had two record perfect 4.0 Spring term GPAs. Our guys had a combined 3.177 team GPA this academic year.
FIVE student-athletes rocked a 3.5 GPA or higher this Spring and seven have cumulative GPAs of 3.0 or higher!
With SEVEN 4.0 grade point averages, women's basketball was second in the department in team GPA (3.514). 12 members of the team posted GPAs above 3.0.
Women's Cross Country/Track and Field
Boasting a department leading 3.604 grade point average, the women's cross country/track & field program had 20 student-athletes with 4.0 GPAs and 43 above 3.0.
THREE ladies recorded perfect 4.0 GPAs this semester, with 10 of our 11 achieving a 3.0 or better. We averaged a 3.466 combined team GPA this academic year.
A whopping 18 Fighting Hawks finished with a GPA of 3.0 or better in the Spring, accounting for 85.7% of the team!
TWENTY FIVE student-athletes attained a 3.0 or better during the semester with an impressive SIX attaining a flawless 4.0.
Nine student-athletes posted a GPA over 3.0 in the Spring and six have cumulative GPAs of 3.5 or higher!
With THREE perfect 4.0 GPAs, ELEVEN of the Fighting Hawk's 19 student-athletes finished the semester above a 3.0.