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January 21, 2020

University of Vermont student-athletes continue to excel at historic levels in the classroom. During the fall semester, UVM student-athletes combined to achieve a school-record GPA of 3.297. It is the 33rd consecutive semester the department GPA has been above 3.0.

“I’m incredibly proud of the collective academic performance of our 400 plus student-athletes,” said Director of Athletics Jeff Schulman. “Their ability to successfully balance academic achievement with the heavy demands of Division I athletics is a testament to their hard work and the commitment of our dedicated faculty, coaches and academic services staff.  We are fortunate to be part of a University that truly believes in—and supports—a scholar-athlete model where academic and athletic excellence can so successfully coexist.”  

There were 32 student-athletes who achieved a perfect 4.0 GPA in the fall semester, with a third of the student-athlete population maintaining a 3.6 GPA. The women’s cross country program had the top GPA in the department at a 3.63. The top men’s team was alpine skiing with a 3.52 GPA. Overall, 16 teams improved their GPA from the spring to this fall, and every team at UVM maintained a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

“Our student-athletes represent UVM’s strengths in a powerful way,” said UVM President Suresh Garimella. “Their discipline and ability to balance—and benefit from—physical and intellectual endeavors will serve them long after graduation.”

For the athletics department, it was the 30th semester on record where student-athletes had a higher GPA than the general student population.

“This is an impressive accomplishment for our scholar-athletes,” said UVM Provost Patty Prelock. “I am proud of our students’ commitment to learning and competing, and the support of their coaches and academic staff.”

This exceptional academic performance comes at a transformational time for UVM Athletics. Construction is underway on the state’s largest athletics, recreation and wellness facility, which includes the Tarrant Center, the new home for UVM’s men’s and women’s basketball programs, as well as space for a variety of academic, social, cultural, and entertainment programming. There will also be major renovations and improvements to historic Gutterson Fieldhouse, home of UVM men’s and women’s hockey, and the Phyllis “Phiddy” Davis ’45 Recreation and Wellness Center.

This will amount to a five-fold increase in the amount of space dedicated to health, wellness and recreation for the entire student body and the broader campus community. View a live construction cam to monitor the progress of the facility project.

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