March 6, 2012
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -
University of Maryland student-athletes had some strong performances in the classroom in the Fall of 2011, according to figures announced Tuesday by athletics director Kevin Anderson.
The news was highlighted by the 306 student-athletes who earned a 3.00 grade-point average or above, with 251 of those earning a 3.20 semester GPA. There were 122 student-athletes named to various Dean's Lists by their respective colleges.
The news was particularly good in football. The cumulative GPA of 2.554 for the football team is the highest cumulative team GPA posted in the last eight years. The semester GPA for Fall 2011 was 2.544, the second-highest in eight seasons.
The news is also in the context of the all-time high Graduation Success Rate of 82 percent, released in the fall by the NCAA. It was the second time in the seven-year history of the metric that Maryland has been above 80 percent.
"Academics are at the core of what we are all here for," said Anderson. "Every coach and staff member is committed to helping our student-athletes succeed in the classroom. Congratulations to our coaches and student-athletes, and certainly to Chris Uchacz and his staff at the Academic Services and Career Development Unit for their outstanding work."
"Once again our Terrapin student-athletes have excelled not only in the athletic arena but in the classroom as well," said Uchacz. "Both the "all-team" average semester and cumulative GPA's are slowly creeping to our goal of 3.00, and almost 50 percent of our student-athletes earned a fall semester GPA of 3.00 or higher. This is a true testament to the type of student-athletes that our coaches are recruiting and bring to the University of Maryland."
Fall 2011 Semester - Terrapin Academic Quick Facts
The Men's Tennis team posted the highest semester team GPA of 3.406 while the Women's Swimming & Diving team posted a 3.227, highest on the women's side.
37 Terrapin student-athletes earned a perfect semester GPA of 4.00.
148 Terrapin student-athletes earned a 3.50 semester GPA or higher.
251 Terrapin student-athletes earned a 3.20 semester GPA or higher.
306 student-athletes earned a semester GPA of 3.00 or higher while also being inducted into the inaugural Fall 2011 Terrapin Pride 3.00 Club.
122 Terrapin student-athletes were named Fall 2011 Dean's List recipients by their respective Colleges.
27 student-athletes graduated at the end of the most recent fall semester.
University of Maryland posted an all-time high institutional GSR of 82%. It marks the second time in the seven-year history of the metric that Maryland has been above 80% and the second straight year the campus has set a school record.
Three Terps selected ACC Postgraduate Scholarship recipients. Kyle John (wrestling), Corey Peltier (wrestling), and Shelby Reyes (water polo) were three of 36 recipients of the prestigious Weaver-James-Corrigan award as presented by the ACC to student-athletes wishing to pursue master's level coursework.
The Fall 2011 "All-Team" Average Semester GPA of 2.856 was down slightly from the 2.982 reported in the spring 2010 semester.
The Fall 2011 "All-Team" Average Cumulative GPA of 2.862 was down slightly from 2.899 in the previous spring semester.
Men's Basketball has successfully graduated 15 of 17 student-athletes who have exhausted eligibility and a perfect 11 of 11 since the Fall 2007 semester.
Football posted an average cumulative team GPA of 2.554 during the fall, an increase from a 2.462 last spring (2011).
The cumulative mark of 2.554 is the highest average team cumulative GPA posted in the last eight years.
The team's average semester GPA for the fall was 2.544 - the second highest semester mark in eight years (2.589 spring 2011).
This is the only time in the last eight years that the football team posted semester GPA's of 2.50 or higher in consecutive semesters.
This past fall semester marks the first time in eight years that football has posted an average team semester and team cumulative GPA of 2.50 or higher in the same semester.
Former water polo standout, Bryndis Klein, was named a recipient of the prestigious 2011-2012 NCAA Degree Completion Award (believed to be the first in University of Maryland history).
Maryland junior defender Harriet Tibble has been named the 2011 ACC Field Hockey Scholar-Athlete of the Year. In addition, five of her teammates (jemma Buckley, Megan Frazer, Maxine Fluharty, Katie Gerzabek, and Colleen Gulick were named to the ACC's All-Academic team.
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