KU Student-Athletes Set Academic Records in Spring Semester

LAWRENCE, Kan. – University of Kansas student-athletes earned a combined 3.03 grade-point average during the 2008 spring semester, setting an Athletics Department record.

Eleven of KU’s varsity teams compiled GPA’s of 3.0 or higher, led by volleyball, whose 3.45 GPA edged women’s golf (3.43) for the highest average in the department. Soccer’s 3.30 set a record for that sport at KU, and women’s basketball’s second consecutive 3.11 tied the all-time record for that sport at KU.

A department-record 58 student-athletes achieved perfect 4.0 GPA’s, heading a group of 282 student-athletes (58 percent of KU’s active rosters) named to the Athletics Director’s Honor Roll (GPA’s of 3.0 or higher).

“We are tremendously pleased and proud of the effort these young men and women have invested in their academic responsibilities,” said KU Athletics Director Lew Perkins. “It’s easy to take for granted the discipline and commitment it takes to excel both in athletic competition and in the classroom. We extend our congratulations to the student-athletes, our terrific KU faculty and to our outstanding athletics academic support staff.”

Student-Athlete Grade Summary

Spring 2008

Team GPA’s

Baseball 2.95

Men’s Basketball 2.78Women’s Basketball3.11 (Ties all-time record for sport)Football 2.60 Men’s Golf 3.29Women’s Golf3.43 Rowing 3.24 Softball3.18Soccer3.30 (All-time record for sport)Swimming & Diving3.31 Tennis3.20 Men’s Track & Field 2.80Women’s Track & Field 3.04Volleyball3.45 (Highest team for Spring 08)Spirit Squad3.10 All Sports Combined3.03 (All time record) Athletics Director’s Honor Roll4.0058 (All-time record)3.00-3.99 224 Total282 (All-time record) (58% of student-athletes on active rosters)