June 27, 2014
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern capped the 2013-14 academic school year with one of the best quarters in the classroom in NU history across all 19 varsity programs.
The average GPA for all 468 Wildcats' student-athletes in the spring quarter of 2014 was 3.279, which is the highest on record. Eighteen of Northwestern's 19 teams achieved above a 3.0 GPA (with the 19th squad checking in at 2.94), while 11 of those were above the 3.30 mark.
Volleyball led all teams with a 3.53 GPA followed by cross country (3.443), women's soccer (3.44) and softball (3.425). Soccer was the top men's squad in the spring with a 3.42 GPA.
Individually, 350 of Northwestern's student-athletes (74 percent) had spring quarter GPAs over a 3.00, including 38 with perfect 4.0 efforts during the quarter.
"We are incredibly proud of the dedication all of our student-athletes have shown in the classroom not only in this last quarter, but over the entire year," said Jim Phillips, vice president for athletics and recreation. "With school records set for Academic All-Big Ten awards and overall GPA, they continue to raise the bar on what it means to be a Northwestern student-athlete."
This data caps an incredible year in which Northwestern won a school-record 220 Academic All-Big Ten accolades, had 16 programs earn a perfect 1,000 Academic Progress Rate score for the most recent season and led the Big Ten by seven percentage points with a 97 percent overall Graduation Success Rate (GSR).
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