ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – St. Bonaventure student-athletes continue to impress in the classroom as Bonnies boasted a cumulative grade point average of 3.228 for the 2017-18 academic year.
St. Bonaventure's 281 student-athletes have posted a cumulative GPA of over 3.0 in 26 consecutive semesters and more than 68 percent of Bonnies own better than a 3.0 overall for their college careers. In all, 189 student-athletes were honored as members of the Atlantic 10 Commissioner's Honor Roll for having a 3.0 GPA or better during the past year. Further, 54 percent of Bonnies student-athletes have earned a cumulative GPA of better than 3.25.
Fifteen of St. Bonaventure's 16 NCAA Division I teams possess a cumulative GPA over 3.1 with the golf team (3.572) leading the way on the men's side while softball (3.463) holds the highest women's cumulative GPA. The SBU golf, women's basketball, women's cross country, women's soccer and women's tennis teams were all honored by the NCAA earlier this month with Academic Progress Rate (APR) public recognition awards for their APR scores. The APR accounts for academic eligibility, retention and graduation at an institution and provides a clear picture of the academic culture in each sport.
"Our student-athletes want to be at the top of the class; that's just inherent in them," said Athletics Director Tim Kenney. "We have a higher number of student-athletes than ever, so to continue raising the bar is a testament to them, to the coaches and staff, and also to the partnership between Athletics and the faculty. Everyone is committed to our student-athletes' success and care about them as individuals."
"Sometimes we get so focused on how student-athletes doing on the playing fields that we sometimes forget why they're really here," said Dr. Dennis DePerro, St. Bonaventure president. "To see them achieving at a such a high level, while juggling all of the responsibilities that come with being team members, is a tribute to their remarkable dedication and to the efforts of so many on campus who support them."