EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – For a 19th consecutive semester, SIUE student-athletes posted a cumulative grade point of average of better than 3.0, finishing the fall semester with a record-high 3.254 GPA.
A total of 73.6 percent (193) of SIUE's 262 student-athletes achieved a GPA of 3.0 or better for the 2015 fall semester. Of those student-athletes, 41 finished the semester with a perfect 4.0 GPA.
"This is a testament to the culture that has been created at SIUE – a commitment to excellence," said SIUE Director of Athletics Dr. Brad Hewitt. "We not only continue to achieve with our 19th consecutive semester of a 3.0 GPA, but we also are achieving with higher marks."
The SIUE volleyball team, which had all 12 of its student-athletes achieve a GPA of better than 3.0, completed the semester with the highest GPA among SIUE's teams with a 3.638.
The SIUE men's cross country team finished the fall season with the highest GPA among the men's teams with a 3.613. All nine men's cross country runners finished above a 3.0.
"While we are committed to continually improving, we also are committed to demonstrating that excellence is part of our mantra," said Hewitt.
Across all sports, 45.0 percent (118) of student-athletes were named to the Dean's List, achieving a GPA of 3.5 or higher.
"This is a reflection of the culture we created in our recruiting mindset," said Hewitt. "We not only are seeking student-athletes who can perform on the field, in the gym, on the court or on the course but also be committed to getting their degrees."
There were 14 teams overall which finished with a team GPA of at least 3.0. In addition to volleyball and men's cross country, the teams were, women's tennis (3.632), women's golf (3.574), women's cross country (3.535), softball (3.420), men's tennis (3.403), women's track and field (3.401), men's track and field (3.282), men's soccer (3.276), women's soccer (3.224), baseball (3.148), men's golf (3.123) and women's basketball (3.114).
A total of 12 programs improved their team GPAs since the spring 2015 semester.
"While winning takes care of itself, academic success is attributed to the values and commitments one makes to achieving excellence," Hewitt said.