FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (Univ. of Ark.) - The 2013 spring semester ended in mid-May and University of Arkansas student-athletes were well-represented in the caps and gowns. As the excitement of commencement recedes, the Razorback Athletic Department took some time to break down some numbers.
Here's a quick look at some of the academic highlights from the 2012-13 school year.
"We are extremely proud of our more than 460 Razorback student-athletes who are excelling in the classroom while working toward graduation," Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Jeff Long said.
"Our coaches and athletic department staff have challenged our student-athletes to achieve personal bests academically. They have responded by showing measurable progress culminating with our best GPA in five years. Congratulations to our student-athletes for their commitment to success and representing our University and our state."
Razorback student-athletes improved the fall semester grade point average this year. Arkansas posted a 3.06 GPA, up from 3.04 a year ago. The spring numbers were also up going from 3.10 in 2012 to 3.124 in the most recent semester.
The more than 460 student-athletes raised the department's overall GPA to 3.09 for the 2012-13 academic year, up from 3.07 last year and that number is the highest mark since 2007-08.
Nine of the 19 Razorback athletic teams increased their team GPAs from a season ago. Those teams include baseball, football, men's golf, men's cross country, indoor and outdoor track and field, women's basketball, women's golf and swimming and diving.
Razorback baseball, men's golf, women's basketball, women's golf and swimming and diving teams all had their best team GPAs since the 2007-08 season and 18 of the 19 athletic teams posted a cumulative GPA of 2.60 or higher this season.
The Razorback Athletic Department had 230 of our 460 student-athletes post a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better with 50 percent of the student-athletes with 3.0 GPAs or better for their careers. In addition 241 student-athletes or 52 percent in the fall and 245 or 53 percent in the spring were better than 3.0.
The Razorback football team posted a 2.4 fall semester GPA, the highest fall since 2008. They had a 2.59 spring semester mark which is the program's best since the spring of 2009.