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Lafayette Student-Athletes Achieve Excellence in the Classroom

Jan. 20, 2004

EASTON, Pa. ( - A record 308 Lafayette student-athletes, nearly 60 percent of the 520 student-athletes on campus, posted a 3.0 grade-point average (GPA) or higher in the recently completed fall semester.

This marks the third straight semester in which at least 300 student-athletes have achieved a 3.0 GPA. The number of student-athletes earning at least a 3.0 has increased each of the past four semesters.

"I think it's a tribute to the Lafayette mission to admit better-quality students," said Barbara Lipkin, Coordinator of Lafayette's Academic Resource Center. "We're bringing more qualified students onto campus which is translating into better results in the classroom. It is very rewarding for us to see so many students do so well."

The women's tennis team's collective 3.39 GPA is the highest on campus. Men's cross country posted the highest average on the men's side, 3.32. In all, 15 of 21 varsity teams boast a collective GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Seven teams improved their overall GPA from the spring semester, while baseball, field hockey and women's tennis attained their highest GPA since the department began keeping records in the spring of 1991.