Athletes set GPA record

UND student athletes achieve the highest GPA in school’s history.

For student athletes at UND, success is not only evident on the court or across the field — it’s also being displayed in the classroom.

UND Athletics Director Brian Faison announced Feb. 3 that 436 student athletes at UND combined for a 3.185 grade point average during the Fall 2013 semester, which is the highest fall term GPA ever in UND athletics history.

“Once again, our student athletes got it done in the classroom in a big way,” Faison said. “We are proud of our academic successes and the great job our coaches and academic services staff do in supporting our student athletes in their educational pursuits.”

The UND women’s teams posted a 3.302 GPA in the fall to compliment a 3.056 fall GPA set by the men’s teams.

But it was the volleyball team that set the bar high with its 3.536 team GPA. Running close behind with a 3.463 was the women’s cross country team, while the women’s track and field team held a 3.454. The men’s cross country team combined for a 3.417 GPA  — followed by the women’s swimming and diving team with a 3.409 GPA.

Out of UND’s 19 teams, 15 achieved at least a 3.0 GPA during the 2013 fall semester.

During that semester, at least a 3.0 GPA was achieved by a total of 375 student athletes — which accounts for 63 percent of the total student-athlete population at UND. Out of those 375, 60 received a 4.0 and 29 hold a cumulative 4.0 GPA.

The Fall 2013 Athletics Director’s Honor Roll is comprised of 312 student athletes who posted a cumulative 3.0 GPA. Those athletes were honored at halftime during last Thursday’s women’s basketball game against Weber State.

Elizabeth Erickson is the sports editor for The Dakota Student. She can be reached at [email protected].