ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – The St. Bonaventure Athletics Department produced a record-setting semester of academic success as each of the University's Division I teams finished the spring with a semester grade point average of 3.2 or better. In all, the University's 343 student-athletes combined to register a 3.608 average GPA for the spring.
It marks the 30th consecutive semester that St. Bonaventure student-athletes have boasted a cumulative GPA of better than 3.0; a run of 15 straight years.
Twelve teams produced a GPA of 3.5 or better this spring, achieving Dean's List status for a team average. The spring semester saw 70 percent of student-athletes achieve a semester GPA of 3.5 or better to earn a spot on the University Dean's List. Further, 82 percent of Bonaventure student-athletes have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
Women's lacrosse led the way with a team semester GPA of 3.799 while men's tennis (3.794), women's soccer (3.733) and women's swimming and diving (3.733) all were above 3.70.
Women's tennis posted a 3.679 team GPA with women's cross country/track at 3.669, softball at 3.668 and men's cross country/track at 3.630. Men's soccer checked in at 3.593 while golf (3.580), women's basketball (3.526), baseball (3.525), men's swimming and diving (3.499), men's lacrosse (3.438) and men's basketball (3.277) all delivered strong semesters in the classroom as well.
"Despite the difficult circumstances this semester in dealing with the stresses of the pandemic and working remotely in virtual classes, our student-athletes again raised the bar with their classwork," 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. We also want to thank our Academic Support staff of Joel Rosencrance, Hope Thomas and Hailey Gattuso for their dedication to helping our student-athletes through this challenging time."
Earlier this spring, the NCAA also released the latest Academic Progress Rate (APR) statistics with five of the University's Athletic programs earning Public Recognition Awards for ranking in the top 10 percent nationally with perfect 1,000 multiyear graduation scores – golf, men's track, women's cross country, women's lacrosse and women's track. In all, 15 of the department's 17 Division I programs checked in with APR scores of 980 or better out of a possible 1,000 points.