Minnesota Student-Athletes Earning High Marks Academically
Graduation at the University of Minnesota.

Jan. 30, 2013

MINNEAPOLIS – More than two-thirds of the student-athletes at the University of Minnesota are maintaining a cumulative 3.00 grade-point average or higher, according to figures recently released by the McNamara Academic Center for Student-Athletes.

An impressive total of 520 student-athletes at the University of Minnesota carry a cumulative GPA of at least 3.00. That figure accounts for 69 percent of Golden Gopher student-athletes, and has steadily increased over the past five semesters.

During the 2010 fall term, 408 of 729 (56 percent) Minnesota student-athletes had a cumulative 3.00 GPA. The figure moved to 58 percent (400 of 691) during spring 2011, then jumped to 66 percent (497 of 751) for the 2011 fall term, and 64 percent (443 of 695) for the 2012 spring semester before rising to the current figure of 69 percent.

“We have been very pleased with the accomplishments made by our student-athletes in the classroom,” McNamara Academic Center Director Lynn K. Holleran said. “Our fall sports teams had 71 Academic All-Big Ten honorees, which was a 17 percent increase from 2011.”

Of Minnesota’s 25 varsity athletics programs, a total of 22 are maintaining a cumulative team GPA of 3.00 or better, and eight teams have cumulative GPA’s of at least 3.25.

For the recently-completed 2012 fall term, Minnesota had 31 student-athletes achieve a perfect 4.00 grade-point average, and 22 of 25 teams earned 3.00 GPA’s.

“The academic success of our student-athletes will continue to be a cornerstone of the vision for Gopher Athletics,” Director of Athletics Norwood Teague said. “I am confident that these results speak to the synergies that have been created amongst our coaching staff, McNamara academic staff and our student-athletes. The state of Minnesota and all of our Gopher fans should take pride in our academic success.”

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