UCF Student-Athletes Continue to Shine in Classroom



Dec. 19, 2012

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By Andy Seeley

ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) – UCF student-athletes continue to excel in the classroom. For the Fall 2012 semester, the Knights recorded a 3.11 grade-point average (GPA) and have now earned a department-wide GPA of 3.0 or better for a 10th consecutive term.

The 3.11 GPA for the semester is the second-highest mark in school history. Thirteen of UCF’s 16 teams came in at or above the 3.0 threshold for the semester. Five teams – women’s golf (3.59), men’s tennis (3.51), softball (3.40), football (3.095) and men’s basketball (2.91) – each set single-semester GPA records for their respective programs this past fall.

“Our coaches and academic support staff do an amazing job promoting a culture of academic success here at UCF,” said Vice President and Director of Athletics Todd Stansbury. “The student-athletes' hard work and commitment in the classroom are what make results like this possible. Along with our recent success in Academic Progress Rate and Graduation Success Rate, this is yet another reason for us to be very proud of our student-athletes, coaches and academic staff.”

As individuals, 255 Knights – 56 percent of the student-athlete population – achieved a GPA of 3.0 or better in the fall term. Fourteen of those student-athletes recorded a perfect 4.0. Meawhile, a school-record 48 Knights currently hold a cumulative GPA of 3.75 or better, qualifying them for the Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Medal.

“I’m extremely proud to be involved with a group of student-athletes that is so focused on academic success, as well as athletic excellence,” said Kimya Massey, Associate Athletic Director for Academic Services. “This latest grade report is an example of how much emphasis our coaches and academic advisors put on academic achievement.”

In addition to the five teams that set program records for term GPA, women’s track and field turned in its second-best term GPA ever (3.16), while women’s basketball had its third-best term GPA in program history (3.01). The UCF volleyball program continued its department-best streak of 11 consecutive semesters of 3.0 or better.

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