Lafayette's Student-Athletes Continue to Achieve in the Classroom

June 16, 2008

EASTON, Pa. - Lafayette's Division I athletic programs and student-athletes recorded a 3.16 overall grade-point average (GPA) during the spring 2008 semester. That GPA marks the athletic department's highest average since the College began tracking the statistic during the 1991-1992 academic year.

Nearly 68 percent of Lafayette's student-athletes earned a GPA of 3.0 or higher, while 15 of those students recorded a 4.0 GPA. In addition, 148 were named to the Dean's List and 48 earned a spot on the gold honor roll for having a GPA of 3.8 or higher. One hundred student-athletes also earned silver honor roll status for maintaining a GPA between 3.5 and 3.79.

"These numbers demonstrate that the student-athletes who come to Lafayette excel both on the field and in the classroom," said Susan Averett, the Department of Athletics' Faculty Representative. "Their commitment to their academics and their athletics is admirable, and as a faculty member I am proud to be associated with such a hard working group of students."

The women's swimming and diving team boasted the highest team GPA (3.51), while the men's swimming and diving team's GPA of 3.36 was second. Five teams recorded GPAs above the college average of 3.29, including men's and women's swimming and diving, men's and women's tennis (3.32, 3.31 respectively) and women's track and field (3.32).

In April, Lafayette was recognized for outstanding academic performance by the NCAA as 13 Leopard teams achieved a high Academic Progress Report (APR) in the NCAA's most recent multi-year APR scores.

Several Leopards earned individual academic recognition, as well. Men's basketball player Matt Betley '08, an Economics and Business major, was named the Patriot League Men's Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Betley was also named to the ESPN the Magazine's Academic All-District II Men's Basketball First Team, one of just two Patriot League student-athletes to earn the honor.

The men's soccer, women's cross country and field hockey teams all earned national academic recognition while men's soccer players Scott Hawkins '08 (Economics and Business), Luke Sullivan '08 (Biology) and Mike Tilley '08 (Government and Law) were named to the ESPN the Magazine's Academic All-District II Men's Soccer Team.