Jan. 11, 2013
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern student-athletes already have started off the New Year in an exciting fashion competitively, and now the release of academic results for the previous fall quarter gives even more reasons to be proud. The overall student-athlete GPA of 3.19 is the 19th-consecutive quarter above 3.00, and is tied for the fifth highest in the last 12 years of data.
The list of achievements for the 'Cats is striking. Seventeen out of 19 varsity teams had GPAs above 3.00, including football and men's and women's basketball. Northwestern tied last year's school record for Academic All-Big Ten honorees with 97 and a school-record 332 student-athletes achieved GPAs of 3.0 or higher, topping the mark of 322 set in the fall quarter of 2010. Breaking that number down further, 148 student-athletes had GPAs above 3.50, and 23 achieved a perfect 4.0.
Women's cross country led all clubs with a 3.40 GPA, followed closely by women's swimming and diving at 3.39 and 2012 national champion women's lacrosse at 3.36.
The football team posted one of its most successful seasons in history, winning 10 games and the TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl, but players showed they excel as much in the classroom as they do on the field. The team earned its seventh AFCA Academic Achievement Award for a 100 percent Graduation Rate among its 2005-06 freshman class, and was ranked No. 1 in the "Academic BCS" as well. Linemen Brian Arnfelt and Patrick Ward both are Capital One Academic All-Americans, and Ward was a finalist for the "Academic Heisman" with a 3.94 GPA in Mechanical Engineering.
In addition to football's 10-win season that punctuated Northwestern's fall competition success, NU men's soccer captured its second-straight Big Ten championship and advanced to the third round of the NCAA Tournament, field hockey compiled a 16-4 overall record, women's cross country recorded its best NCAA Regional performance since 2002 and volleyball's Stephanie Holthus earned that program's second All-America honor in the last three years.
Release by T.J. Dohm
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