CU student-athletes enjoy another exceptional academic semester
The cumulative grade point average for the recently completed spring semester 2021 for 371 UC student-athletes was 3,139, the best spring semester GPA ever. This took the cumulative grade point average to a record 3,158, beating the previous grade of 3.128 in the Fall 2019 term. (Numbers fluctuate due to attrition in the fall – graduates, transfers, etc. – and newcomers in the spring.) For the second consecutive semester, 14 of 15 CU programs (indoor and outdoor tracks count as one) had cumulative GPAs of 3.0 or higher, also an all-time high.
Academic staff began plotting these numbers in the spring of 1996.
For the third consecutive semester, all UC students continued to face challenges due to the COVID pandemic, ranging from face-to-face or distance learning, and in some cases both. In the case of the Colorado athletes, for much of the spring, 14 programs were competing at the same time, adding to the workload of the staff at CU’s Herbst Academic Center who once again did an incredible job helping them. students to balance their sporting and academic responsibilities.
“I couldn’t be prouder of what our student-athletes accomplish on and off the pitch,” said the athletic director Rick george mentionned. “As I have said many times, it has been an incredibly difficult 15 months that has not been easy to navigate, and achieving what they have in the classroom and on the playing surfaces is nothing short of exceptional. J ‘applaud all of our students – the efforts of the athletes in their studies over the past academic year for their efforts to achieve some of the highest GPAs in our history. I also want to acknowledge Kris livingston, our Herbst academic staff and our coaches for their exceptional efforts in this area as well.
“The student-athletes and staff at the Herbst Academic Center have really maintained their focus since the onset of the pandemic,” said Livingston, CU senior associate general manager of student success athletics. “Even with 16 of our 17 sports traveling and competing this spring, they’ve been able to stay true to their academic goals, and they continue to raise the bar. At some point, all successful athletes learn to stay flexible,” analyzes the report. current situation, tap into their toolbox, make adjustments and move on. They have certainly shown their competitive spirit this spring, in and out of the classroom.
It was the 14th consecutive semester for the score to exceed 2.9 (out of 15 overall), with 13 teams posting GPAs above 3.0 for the spring semester, tying the previous best achieved last fall. Three programs posted their best marks in the semester: women’s basketball (3.349), soccer (2.851) and men’s track and field (3.110). Two others posted their best cumulative average for a spring term, women’s golf (3.475) and women’s lacrosse (3.415).
For the spring term, 32 student-athletes had a GPA of 4.00, and 136 had a GPA of 3.5 or higher (37 percent). Again, two-thirds (244 athletes) scored 3.0 or better and overall, 299 (or 81%) scored 2.5 or more. Cumulatively speaking, the second highest percentages were recorded for those with scores over 3.5 (110, or 30 percent) and at the 3.0 level (231, 62 percent), while a peak was created for those at 2.5 or better (326 or 88 percent).
The 3.582 quarter score recorded by all 15 members of the women’s ski team topped all programs in the spring, which was nearly matched by their counterparts, as 14 male skiers scored 3.572. The women’s cross country team continued their streak of four consecutive semesters with the best cumulative GPA at 3.575.
Other impressive numbers include:
Fourteen of the 15 programs have cumulative GPAs of 3.0 or better, with football recording both the aforementioned best semester and a cumulative figure of 2.794.
- The women’s ski team had its 40th consecutive semester with a GPA of at least 3.0, 19 consecutive quarters of 3.3 or higher, and in 49 of the 50 semesters dating back to 1996);
- The women’s cross-country team now has 34 consecutive semesters with a 3.0 or better (and in 47 of the 50 semesters);
- Four programs have semester stretches of 3.0 or higher in their 20s: women’s soccer (25), women’s athletics (25), women’s golf (22), and men’s skiing (22).
The Pac-12 conference has yet to compile its spring honor roll, but 50 Buffaloes have made the fall team; this does not include the 15 skiers who were named to the Division I National University Ski Team.
A closer look, team by team:
Team Spring term GPA cumulative GPA
|Cross-country skiing men||3.321||3.116|
|Women’s cross-country skiing||3,467||3,575|
|All university sports||3,139||3,158|