UK teams post banner spring semester in classroom

May 21, 2014 

Mitch Barnhart spoke as UK unveiled the final plans for the redesign of Commonwealth Stadium. Several athletics programs at UK have seen unprecedented success under Barnhart's leadership.

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  • SPORT-BY-SPORT GPA

    Kentucky's sport-by-sport grade-point averages for the recently completed spring semester. Left column includes scholarship athletes only; right column includes scholarship and non-scholarship athletes:

    Sport Schol. All

    Baseball 3.262 3.172

    Men's basketball 3.050 3.111

    Women's basketball 3.130 3.130

    Men's cross country 3.242 3.340

    Women's cross country3.667 3.682

    Football 2.813 2.782

    Men's golf 3.021 3.021

    Women's golf 3.487 3.487

    Gymnastics 3.213 3.369

    Rifle 3.517 3.448

    Men's soccer 3.309 3.321

    Women's soccer 3.419 3.419

    Softball 3.599 3.548

    Men's swim/dive 2.803 2.881

    Women's swim/dive 3.728 3.716

    Men's tennis 3.401 3.401

    Women's tennis 3.546 3.533

    Men's track 3.008 3.118

    Women's track 3.349 3.371

    Volleyball 3.439 3.340

    Men's sports 3.047 3.063

    Women's sports 3.459 3.458

    Overall 3.218 3.211

Eighteen of the University of Kentucky's 20 athletics teams posted cumulative grade-point averages of 3.0 or better in the spring semester.

The Wildcats' cumulative GPA of 3.218 marked Kentucky's best academic semester since 2002-03, the first year for which complete records are available.

"We have great expectations for our student-athletes, but to get to this spot is special," Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart said. "I know how hard our kids work every day and I'm so proud to see it pay off like this. This semester is proof of the commitment they have made in the classroom."

UK's cumulative GPA has been above 3.0 for four consecutive semesters.

The women's swimming and diving team led the way with a 3.728 GPA. The best GPA by a men's team was tennis at 3.401.

The only two teams not to reach 3.0 were football (2.813) and men's swimming and diving (2.803).

UK's NCAA runner-up men's basketball team came in at 3.050.

"Balancing schoolwork and competition is not easy," Barnhart said. "Excelling in both is an incredible achievement and the fact that some of our top performers on the field are some of our best students is really special."

In total, 325 Wildcats — scholarship and non-scholarship — earned GPAs of 3.0 or better, accounting for more than 60 percent of UK's student-athlete population of 508. Seventy-one had perfect 4.0 GPAs this spring.

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