Student-Athletes Shine in Classroom, On Fields of Play

Student-Athletes Shine in Classroom, On Fields of Play

(PITTSBURGH, Pa.) – After another fall season of excellence in varsity competition, the Tartans excelled again in the classroom to continue the trend of success in multiple venues for the department. In competition, the Tartans had four teams compete in NCAA postseason play with a fall finish of 16th in the Learfield Diretors’ Cup Standings. In the classroom, 78 student-athletes recorded a perfect 4.0 grade-point average (GPA) with more than 50 percent earning a 3.50 GPA or better.

Thirteen varsity athletic programs achieved a 3.30 or better with the females recording a 3.42 average GPA and the males a 3.34 average. The 12-member women’s golf team led the way with a 3.62 GPA, as the men’s basketball team collected the best team GPA amongst men’s teams with a 3.56 GPA.

The women’s cross country team, which competed in the NCAA Championships for the second consecutive year, earned a team GPA of 3.53 with six 4.0s. The men’s cross country team also had six runners with a 4.0 and finished with a team score of 3.48 after its fifth straight year in the NCAA Championships. The volleyball team, which reached the top sixteen for the first time in school history, compiled a 3.46 team average with five perfect 4.0s.

“It was a terrific fall semester in so many regards,” said Director of Athletics Josh Centor. “When we look at the academic success of our student-athletes, coupled with their excellence on the fields of play, it is a remarkable story. They are impacting our university community in a myriad of ways, and they make us so proud.”

On top of the semester success, 14 upperclassmen maintained cumulative GPA’s of 4.0. The success was widespread among the colleges, as 38 students with 4.0s were enrolled in the College of Engineering, 15 in the Tepper School of Business, nine in Dietrich College, six in the Mellon College of Science, six in the School of Computer Science, three in the College of Fine Arts, and one in the interdisciplinary program from the School of Humanities and Arts.