|Student-Athletes Continue To Excel in the Classroom
Rensselaer student-athletes once again stood out in the classroom, posting an average grade point average of 3.10 for the fall 2010 semester. That GPA marks the 19th straight term that student-athletes have had a grade point average over 3.00. It is also the 19th straight semester the student-athletes have had a higher term GPA than that of non-student-athletes, who boasted a 3.09 grade for the semester.
“We are very proud of the academic success of our student-athletes,” said Director of Athletics Jim Knowlton. “They have shown a commitment to excellence both on and off the ‘fields of friendly strife’ that truly sets the standard. The culture the upperclassmen set for each incoming class has allowed our student-athletes to experience continued success over the long term.”
Sixteen of Rensselaer’s athletic programs boasted grade point averages of 3.00 or better while only one program had an average GPA lower than 2.80 and that was a 2.78. Individually, 45 student-athletes posted perfect 4.0 grade point averages.
The women’s cross country team led the way with a 3.55 mark, followed by men’s hockey (3.48), field hockey (3.46), men’s tennis (3.39), and men’s cross country (3.37).
Women’s track & field (3.34), women’s basketball (3.33), women’s soccer (3.31), women’s lacrosse (3.28), men’s track & field (3.23), and men’s swimming & diving (3.23) were also in the top 10.
Rensselaer’s Division I sports men’s and women’s hockey had 19 of 26 and 12 of 20, respectively, on the Dean’s List. The men’s team had 15 individuals with a term GPA of 3.50 or better, including three who had perfect 4.0s, while the women had nine who reached 3.50.
Overall, the 173 female student-athletes at Rensselaer posted an average GPA of 3.24 while the 356 men had an average GPA of 3.03. Female non-student-athletes had a 3.20 grade point average while their male counterparts had a 3.05 mark.
The Liberty League recently announced its 2010-11Liberty League Winter All-Academic Team and 64 Rensselaer student-athletes were selected. Honored student-athletes must have at least sophomore athletic and academic standing with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.20. The winter sports included are men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s swimming & diving, and men’s and women’s indoor track & field.
For a complete list of the student-athletes selected to the Liberty League All-Academic Team, go to www.rpiathletics.com/documents/2011/2/9/1011WinterLLAllAcademic.pdf?id=983.