Jan. 27, 2015
BOCA RATON, Fla. -
The fall 2014 semester saw the largest number of Florida Atlantic University student-athletes earn a grade point average of 3.0 or higher. Fifty percent of the university’s student athletes, a total of 249 individuals, had at least a 3.0 GPA in fall 2014. This is an increase from the fall 2013 semester, which had 221 student-athletes achieve at least a 3.0.
Fifteen student-athletes were named to the President's List after earning a perfect 4.0 GPA in fall 2014, which is up from 11 from fall 2013. Thirty four athletes also made the Dean's list for holding a minimum GPA of 3.5.
“Academic success is at the heart and soul of every great athletics program,” said Vice President and Director of Athletics Pat Chun. “To see our student-athletes continually raise the bar academically at Florida Atlantic University is inspiring. I’m proud of their hard work and commitment to being the best they can be on a daily basis.”
The average G.P.A. of all Owl student-athletes for fall ’14 was 2.9 with the goal currently set at 3.0. Of FAU’s 19 varsity sports, men's soccer (70%) and sand volleyball (83.33%) had the highest percentage of athletes with a 3.0 or higher.
Last April, 178 FAU athletes were named to the 2013-14 Conference USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll for holding a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. Twenty-eight of those individuals received the Commissioner’s academic medal for maintaining a 3.75 GPA or higher during the previous academic year.
"We are proud of our coaches and our student-athletes for making academics a priority," said Marlon Dechausay, Director of the Student-Athlete Center for Academic Excellence. "Fall 2014 has raised the academic standard for FAU Athletics, and we hope to continue to set a new precedent each semester."