The University of Nebraska Omaha’s 265 student-athletes reached new heights in their academic pursuits in 2013, achieving an all student-athlete grade-point average of 3.37 during the fall semester which ended in December. It’s the highest single semester all-student-athlete GPA in school history.
“We have made a considerable investment in the academic success of our student-athletes since we began our reclassification to Division I,” said Trev Alberts, UNO’s Director of Athletics. “These on-going efforts are being manifested in the steadily improving grade-point averages of our students during a period in their lives when they are facing greater demands on their time.”
“The Hamilton Academic Excellence Room in the Sapp Fieldhouse has proven to be an outstanding resource for our student-athletes,” said Lindsey Ekwerekwu, Assistant Athletic Director, Academics. “But it wouldn’t be paying the dividends it is without the hard work and dedication of our academic support staff who have executed the plan we put in place to help all of our athletes succeed.”
One hundred and five UNO student-athletes made the Dean’s List (3.5 GPA or above) in the fall of 2013 which is almost 40 percent of the athlete population. An additional 32 student-athletes were named to the Chancellor’s List which signifies achieving a grade-point average of 4.0.
The women’s tennis team led all teams with a fall GPA of 3.851. Volleyball placed 85 percent (11 players) of its roster on the Dean’s or Chancellor’s Lists to lead all teams and finished with the third-best team GPA at 3.643. The women’s golf team was second in total team GPA for the fall at 3.761 while also ranking second with 83 percent (five players) of its roster on the Dean’s or Chancellor’s list.
The men’s golf team had the best men’s team GPA at 3.494, placing five of its seven student-athletes on the Dean’s List. Baseball ranked second among the men’s teams with a 3.272 GPA followed by hockey (3.243).
For the fall term, 78 percent of the student-athlete population (207 out of 265) achieved a grade point average of 3.0 or higher.