By the Numbers - Academic Success

Carnegie Mellon student-athletes are excelling both academically and athletically at the university. During the 2015-16 academic year, student-athletes boasted a cumulative GPA of 3.37. Many Tartans were perfect in the classroom as well, as 74 student-athletes achieved 4.0s during the fall semester and 80 were perfect in the spring. The Tartans’ academic success is broad-based, as varsity athletes are spread across the university’s undergraduate colleges and programs.

Churchill Scholarship

In 2016, Jillian Jaycox, a women's cross country and track student-athlete, was one of 15 individuals nationwide chosen to receive a 2016 Churchill Scholarship, one of the most prestigious awards for study abroad in the United Kingdom. Jaycox is the 12th CMU student to receive the scholarship, which funds a year of postgraduate study at the University of Cambridge.

Jaycox will pursue a Master of Philosophy in Medical Science as a member of Dr. Ken Smith's research group at Cambridge’s Department of Medicine, which is investigating a new prognostic biomarker for autoimmune diseases.

She took advantage of CMU’s collaborations with the University of Pittsburgh by working as a member of Pitt research groups directed by the Department of Immunology’s Dr. Mark Shlomchik and the Department of Rheumatology’s Sarah Gaffen, a CMU Mellon College of Science alumna. As a result of this work, Jaycox is listed as a co-author on three peer-reviewed journal articles.

Fulbright U.S. Grant

In 2015, women's cross country and track and field runners Sara Kelly and Erin Kiekhaefer were awarded Fulbright U.S. Grants. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides unparalleled opportunity to teach, study and conduct research in 155 countries worldwide.

Kelly graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering and engineering and public policy. She chose to conduct research on optimizing biofuel production from wood and will be evaluating its economics at RWTH Aachen University in Germany.

Kiekhaefer graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in global studies and Hispanic studies.  Kiekhaefer chose to complete an English Teaching Assistantship in Mexico. While in Mexico, she'll also pursue a community project that combines her two passions — participating in sports and working with children.

Academic All-America Numbers

Carnegie Mellon has accumulated 118 Academic All-America honors given out by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) since 1976. Seventy-one have earned the honor since the 2004-05 season.

Men's Cross Country and Track & Field - 13   Women's Cross Country and Track & Field - 3
Men's Basketball - 8   Women's Basketball - 4
Football - 47   Women's Soccer - 1
Men's Golf - 4   Women's Swimming & Diving - 7
Men's Soccer - 19   Women's Tennis - 2
Men's Swimming & Diving - 5   Women's Volleyball - 1
Men's Tennis - 6    
     

NCAA Postgraduate Scholars

Each year the NCAA awards deserving senior student-athletes with a postgraduate scholarship. The Tartans have had eight recipients since 2007.

The scholarship is awarded to student-athletes who excel academically and athletically and who are in their final year of intercollegiate athletics competition. The Association awards up to 174 postgraduate scholarships annually, 87 for men and 87 for women.

Name Sport Year  
Savina Reid
Women's Soccer
2014      
Katie Cecil Women's Tennis 2014  
Matt Sarett
Men's Soccer
2013      
Even Gates
Men's Cross Country
2012      
Nick Gianopoulos
Men's Soccer
2011      
Brian Harvey
Men's Track & Field
2009      
Brian Freeman
Football 2008      
Trent Sisson
Football 2007