While most Wolf Pack fans only see the athletes in competition, we are fortunate to see their hard work in the classroom too. It's time to shine a spotlight on their collective and individual successes this semester.
Just last week the University celebrated the 125th Commencement with the largest graduating class in school history. More than 2,400 students crossed the stage to receive their hard-earned diploma. In that illustrious group of graduates were 49 Wolf Pack student-athletes with diverse undergraduate majors.
If you are an employer, or have hiring influence, I can't stress enough how Battle Ready these students are for jobs in all areas of industry. They have incredible skills learned through practice and competition that are complimentary to the excellent formal education received in the classroom. They bring skillsets grounded in strong work ethic, teamwork, goal-setting, persistence, leadership and much more. If you are hiring this year I highly encourage you to contact us and inquire about these highly talented people.
Our spring semester grade-point averages were off the charts. The overall department GPA, for all of our nearly 400 students on all teams, was a 3.121. That's better than a B average and up from 2.863 in the spring of 2014. Incredible improvement - a huge jump! Here are some fun facts to share with your friends:
- Seventy-five percent of our sports - 12 of 16 - had a team GPA of 3.0 (B) or better: football, men's tennis, rifle, women's basketball, women's cross country, women's golf, women's soccer, softball, women's swimming and diving, women's tennis, women's track and field and women's volleyball
- All women's teams combined GPA: 3.301
- Best women's team GPA: Women's Golf (3.626)
- All men's teams combined GPA: 2.967
- Best men's team GPA: Men's Tennis (3.308)
This is impressive considering the amount of time spent in athletic competition, travel, practice, film study, weight training and team meetings.
As you would expect with team success comes individual accolades as well. Individually, we have 222 student-athletes with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 (B) or higher. Inside that number, we have 102 student-athletes with a 3.5 GPA (B+) or higher. Among the best and brightest on our campus are 11 student-athletes with a perfect 4.0 (A) grade-point average. These are impressive students who also have an extraordinary talent in their sport. Amazing.
Semester GPAs are a leading indicator in another important metric - the Academic Progress Rate (APR). This is a semester-by-semester look at academic eligibility and retention. High numbers in these areas typically lead to high graduation rates.
For the most recent year of record, 2013-14 academic year, our teams scored high again. All sixteen of our teams exceeded the NCAA benchmark for performance. Ten teams earned a perfect score (perfect 1,000 points), while 14 teams met or improved their APR score from last year.
As you can see, the focus on academic success is paramount to our daily thoughts and actions. Our student-athletes strive for excellence in and out of the classroom and we are proud of their accomplishments and the way they represent our great University.
I would like to extend our gratitude to our president, Marc Johnson, and our tremendous faculty here on campus for everything they do to support all of our students and promote achievement.
For Wolf Pack fans, you can be proud to know that we win in the classroom and in competition. Your contributions make a difference academically and athletically. Thank you for helping our student-athletes prepare to succeed and thank you for you great support of the Pack.