Sept. 11, 2012
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - - In addition to their work on the field, Maryland student-athletes worked hard in the classroom last year as the department-wide cumulative and semester GPAs were raised overall and all sports received impressive NCAA APR scores.
The student-athlete cumulative GPA increased to 2.875, up from 2.862 in the fall semester, and the semester GPA for spring 2012 was 2.881, which improved from 2.856 in the fall of 2011.
"Our student-athletes and the significant role our coaches and support staff play in assisting each of them as they work toward earning a university diploma has helped us to reach this level of success," director of athletics Kevin Anderson said. "Maryland student-athletes truly epitomize the term student-athlete as they prove day-in and day-out that they can be successful in both the classroom and the athletic arena."
Forty-eight student-athletes earned perfect semester GPAs of 4.00 and 139 Terrapins earned a 3.50 or higher. In addition, 281 Maryland student-athletes received a semester GPA of 3.00 or better, 262 Terps were nominated for the ACC Honor Roll and 113 were named to their colleges' respective Dean's Lists.
"The fact that the departmental semester and cumulative GPA's have increased in each of the last two semesters speaks volumes to the commitment Maryland student-athletes have made in the classroom," said Chris Uchacz, associate athletics director of academic support and career development.
Ninety-four student-athletes graduated in the 2011-12 academic year. University of Maryland posted an all-time institutional high Graduation Success Rate (GSR) of 82 percent, marking the second straight year Maryland has set a record.
The Federal Graduation Rate was 75 percent for all students-athletes that entered Maryland in the fall of 2004, which was 10 points higher than the national average.