UNM Athletics Sets All-Time High Department GPA with a 3.21
June 18, 2012
Albuquerque, N.M.--- The University of New Mexico athletics department can boast plenty of great achievements for the 2011-12 season. A potential top 50 finish in the Learfield Sports Director’s Cup, a potential school record point total in the Learfield Cup as well, 10 conference championships, four Academic All-Americans, 11 conference Players of the Year, five conference Coaches of the Year, and 15 of 21 sports advancing to NCAA postseason play.
Now, UNM can add the proverbial feather to its cap, as the student-athletes at UNM have set a school record with a cumulative grade point average of 3.21 for the spring semester, following a 3.13 accrued in the fall. In addition, six programs: men’s skiing, men’s tennis, women’s soccer, softball, women’s swimming & diving, and women’s track & field/cross country all set a program record for semester GPA for either the fall or the spring.
The 3.21 cumulative grade point average for the 2012 spring semester bettered the previous record of 3.15, set in the spring of 2010. Men’s skiing led the way with a 3.77 grade point average in the spring semester, which set a program single semester GPA record, and it tied the university record with women’s skiing, which had a 3.77 in the fall of 2009.
Along with the school record 3.47 cumulative GPA for the department, each gender set a record as well. On the women’s side, the Lobo female student-athletes had a 3.47 grade point average this spring, which bettered the 3.45 in the fall of 2010. It marked the fourth straight semester that UNM’s female student-athletes have garnered a cumulative GPA of 3.40 or better, and it’s the 10th straight semester of a 3.30 or better. UNM’s female student-athletes have now had a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better for 28 straight semesters.
On the men’s side, the student-athletes earned a school record 3.01 for the spring semester, the first time in school history over a 3.0. The previous best was a 2.98 in the spring of 2010.
“I’m extremely proud of the hard work and the dedication that our student-athletes have to their academic pursuits,” said Vice President for Athletics Paul Krebs. “To have the successes that we have had on the field, and to match those with the successes in the classroom speaks to the types of people our coaches are recruiting. It also showcases the hard work of Asst. A.D. for Academics Henry Villegas and his staff and the support we receive from around the University.”
Villegas feels that UNM’s student-athletes have the commitment to succeed, on the playing field and in the classroom. “I think this is a tribute to our student-athletes and the tremendous amount of time and commitment they dedicate to their studies while balancing all that is expected of them as Division I student-athletes.”
Villegas added, “These students have responded well to the challenge by their coaches and advisors to be the best students they can be in addition to excelling on the fields of competition. I cannot say enough about our dedicated advisement staff in the Lobo Center for Student-Athlete Success, they go above and beyond their duties at every opportunity to support our student-athletes.”
The University of New Mexico Academic Success Center was constructed in 2007, and it houses the academic support staff for Lobo Athletics. Along with offices for academic advisors and tutors, there are two complete computer labs, work stations, meeting rooms, and classrooms available for student-athletes to have the best resources available to them.
Academic GPA Highlights per sport: