Academic Success Echoes Athletic Success for Tartans

campus life / athletics

On the heels of achieving the best-ever finish in the Division III Learfield Directors’ Cup standings, Carnegie Mellon University’s student-athletes earned high praise in the classroom yet again. Continuing the trend that athletics and academics is not mutually exclusive at Carnegie Mellon, 71 student-athletes recorded a perfect 4.0 grade-point average (GPA) for the spring semester.

Inclusive of the 71 4.0s this spring, more than 50 percent of student-athletes earned a 3.50 grade-point average (GPA) or higher during the spring, as the entire department earned a 3.42 for the semester.

Once again, 16 of the 18 varsity programs achieved a 3.30 or better, with all the programs earning at least a 3.20 GPA. The 13-member women’s golf team repeated their fall feat with a department led 3.72 GPA, while the women’s soccer team earned a 3.62 GPA and the women’s swimming and diving team had a 3.55 GPA. The football team had 14 players carry a 4.0 for the spring semester, with 12 women’s track and field members earning the perfect mark.

“In terms of athletic performance, this was a banner year for our program,” said Director of Athletics Josh Centor. “’But most important is the example our student-athletes set by performing at extraordinary levels in the classroom, while representing the university at the highest level of intercollegiate sport.”

While the women’s golf team and women’s swimming and diving team earned two of the highest team GPAs for the semester, they placed fifth and 15th nationally at their respective NCAA Championships this spring. The men’s basketball team and men’s swimming and diving team earned the highest marks amongst the men’s sports with an identical 3.45 GPA.

On top of the semester success, eight upperclassmen maintained cumulative GPA’s of 4.0 with nine freshmen beginning their careers with absolute success in the classroom.

The success was widespread among the colleges, as 29 students with 4.0s were enrolled in the College of Engineering (CIT), 18 in Dietrich College, 12 in the Tepper School of Business, nine in the Mellon College of Science (MCS), two in the School of Computer Science (SCS), and one in the College of Fine Arts (CFA).