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UM Student-Athletes Continue Strong Academic Performance

For the 13th consecutive semester, University of Montana student-athletes maintained an average cumulative grade-point average above 3.0.

The results are recorded in the Autumn Semester 2011 Term Report for Athletic Academic Services. The document reveals that UM’s 272 athletes maintained an average cumulative GPA of 3.06. This compares favorably to the cumulative 2.91 GPA earned by the 10,645 undergraduates in UM’s general student population.

“This report demonstrates that our student-athletes work and perform just as hard on their academics as they do in getting ready for their athletic competitions,” Director of Athletics Jim O’Day said. “We are very proud of these talented young men and women and the way in which they prepare themselves for life after their collegiate athletic experience ends.”

“As a group, our student-athletes take their academic work seriously,” UM President Royce Engstrom said. “I admire their hard work both in their respective sport and in their academic major. We have a proud tradition of student-athletes performing well in the classroom. I appreciate the outstanding support they receive from coaches, academic advisers and support staff.”

The report reveals that student-athletes took more credits on average (13.29) than the general student population (11.84). Athletes also landed on the dean’s list (20.5 percent) at a higher percentage than other undergraduates (19 percent) and had a higher percentage with a perfect 4.0 GPA (7.7 percent) than the general student population (5.4 percent).

“This really shows that our student-athletes are committed to being students first and athletes second,” said Darr Tucknott, who coordinates UM’s Athletic Academic Services. “I am especially proud of our female student-athletes who continue to earn GPAs well above the general student population average.”

The UM women’s cross country team led the way in athletic academic excellence with an average cumulative GPA of 3.69. They were followed by women’s track and field (3.45), volleyball (3.42), soccer (3.32), men’s tennis (3.31) and women’s basketball (3.27).

“I’m proud of how hard our students have worked to achieve academic success,” said Jennifer Zellmer-Cuaresma, UM’s athletic academic adviser. “These individuals have a strong drive and are determined and motivated to be great on the field and in the classroom.”