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Catamount Student-Athletes Earn Highest Departmental GPA on Record

Women's lacrosse stretches at dawn
(Photo: Andy Duback)

University of Vermont student-athletes closed the Fall with their best collective semester GPA on record. The Catamounts combined to post a 3.28 GPA, marking their 27th straight semester with at least a 3.0.

"I'm incredibly proud of the academic performance of our student-athletes," said Director of Athletics Jeff Schulman '89.  "This success doesn't happen by accident and is a reflection of highly committed and hard-working student-athletes and a broad departmental commitment to academic excellence.  I'm especially appreciative of our coaching staff who recruit strong students and create team cultures that value academic success, as well as our outstanding Student-Athlete Development staff members who are on the front lines in providing support and advising."

The collective student-athlete GPA has now exceeded that of the overall UVM student body in 28 of last 31 semesters. Additionally, Catamount student-athletes had a 95.5% Graduation Success Rate (GSR) in the most recently reported data from the NCAA, which places Vermont in the top 15% of Division I schools. The GSR is a metric created by the NCAA to accurately reflect student-athlete graduation outcomes. 

More than two-thirds of UVM student-athletes were named to the most recent America East Academic Honor Roll. A total of 170 Vermont student-athletes earned Honor Roll status, marking the highest number of Catamounts to receive the honor in eight years.

"The level to which our student-athletes dedicate themselves to both their academics and athletics is outstanding," said Cathy Rahill, Associate Athletic Director for Student-Athlete Development and Academic Affairs. "Catamount student-athletes represent the true essence of what it means to develop, grow and compete at the Division I level."

12 different Catamount teams combined to earn at least a 3.15 GPA during the Fall of 2017.