Student-Athletes Post Record Academic Achievements

May 28, 2015

HOUSTON - One week after the Houston Tennis and Men’s Cross Country programs were honored by the NCAA for perfect Academic Progress Report scores, the Houston Department of Intercollegiate Athletics announced yet another record academic semester with the conclusion of the 2015 spring semester.

Houston student-athletes across all 17 sport programs combined for the best spring semester grade point average in UH history, 2.92, the best cumulative GPA following a spring semester, 2.92, and the most hours ever passed per student-athlete in the spring semester with an average of 13.88 hours per student-athlete.

In addition to the three records, 73 Houston student-athletes earned Dean’s List honors by recording a 3.50 GPA or better while passing 12 or more hours.

Nine Houston programs achieved APR scores over the national average of 978 while all 17 exceeded scores over the NCAA benchmark rate of 930 points, with 13 programs topping the rate by more than 20 points.

Three programs led The American Athletic Conference in their respective APR sport categories - Men’s Cross Country, Women’s Golf and Tennis.

Ten sport programs posted spring GPAs over 3.0 while 10 finished the semester with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better. Two programs - women’s golf and soccer - recorded the highest spring semester GPAs in their respective program’s histories.

Houston Softball led all sport programs with a cumulative GPA of 3.47 while Houston Tennis led all programs with a 3.39 spring semester GPA with Women’s Cross Country following closely behind with a 3.32 cumulative GPA, second-best among women’s programs. Women’s Golf was second among all programs with a spring semester GPA of 3.36 while qualifying for the NCAA Regional in its first season with a full team.

Men’s Cross Country led all men’s teams with a spring semester GPA of 3.27 and a cumulative GPA of 3.35 while the Houston Baseball program, hosting the NCAA Baseball Houston Regional this weekend, was second among men’s teams with a 3.09 cumulative GPA, the highest ever in program history. The Men’s Golf team, entering the NCAA Championships this weekend, was second among men’s programs with a 3.17 spring GPA.

Several sport programs set program records during the spring as well. Houston Football set the mark for most hours passed per student-athlete in a spring semester with an average of 13.5 hours per student-athlete. The team recorded its highest semester GPA in the last four years, and third-highest spring semester GPA in program history, to bolster its cumulative GPA to the second-highest mark in program history.

Women’s Golf recorded its highest spring semester GPA in program history at 3.36 while placing 40 percent of its team on the Dean’s List. Baseball, with its aforementioned highest ever cumulative GPA, recorded its fourth-highest spring semester GPA, and its best over the last three years.

Men’s Basketball used the second-best spring semester GPA in program history, and the highest in 11 years, to elevate its cumulative GPA to the second-best mark in program history. Women’s Basketball passed the most hours per student in a spring semester in program history, with an average of 14.2 hours passed per student-athlete, while posting the best spring GPA in five years.

Soccer posted a 3.27 to record its best GPA in a semester, spring or fall, in program history with 43 percent of its team on the Dean’s List including two student-athletes with perfect 4.0 GPAs this spring.

Men’s Golf recorded its second-best spring semester GPA and raised its cumulative GPA to the third-best mark in the history of the program. Forty-one percent of the team earned Dean’s List honors.

While qualifying for its second straight NCAA Tournament, Tennis student-athletes passed the most hours ever in a spring term, with an average of 15.8 hours per student-athlete, as a department-best 50 percent of the team was named to the Dean’s List.

Women’s Track and Field recorded the program’s second-best cumulative GPA while recording the third-best spring semester in team history. The Men’s Track and Field program boasted its highest cumulative GPA in program history while earning the second-best spring semester GPA in program history.

Swimming & Diving posted a spring GPA over 3.0 for the fifth consecutive year while 36 percent of the team was named to the Dean’s List, passing an average of 13.9 hours per student-athletes in the semester. Volleyball placed 31 percent of its team on the Dean’s List as 50 percent of the team posted a spring semester GPA of 3.0 or higher.

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