May 28, 2015
Marquette University student-athletes continue to excel in the classroom and are surpassing the national average across-the-board, according to the latest Academic Progress Rate (APR) released by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) on Wednesday morning.
Of MU's 16 NCAA Division I programs, 14 posted a four-year APR (2010-11/2013-14) above the national average. The men's outdoor track & field, women's lacrosse and volleyball programs were recognized by the NCAA for finishing in the top 10 percent among their peers. The women's lacrosse and volleyball teams posted perfect scores of 1,000 while the track & field team collected a 996.
"We continue to be amazed by the standards our student-athletes set in the classroom and I want to congratulate the women's lacrosse, volleyball and men's track & field teams," Vice President and Director of Athletics Bill Scholl said. "Their results are a testament to the level of dedication necessary to be successful at Marquette and we are extremely proud of their collective accomplishments as a group.
"While the APR release recognizes the efforts of our student-athletes, I think it's also important to note the contributions of our academics support staff, not only in athletics, but campus wide," Scholl added. "The resources provided to all students at the University are some of the many reasons Marquette has a tremendous academic reputation."
Every Division I sports team calculates its APR each academic year, based on the eligibility and retention of each scholarship student-athlete. Teams scoring below certain thresholds can face sanctions, such as scholarship losses and restrictions on practice and postseason participation. Rates are based on the past four years' performance. The 2014-15 academic performance of Marquette's student-athletes presents a perfect example of the group's successes in classrooms across campus. Of the 302 student-athletes, 68.0 percent posted GPAs of 3.0-or-above last semester and 63.0 percent (182-of-302) own a cumulative GPA at or above the same mark. The Golden Eagles also had 17 individuals earn perfect 4.0 GPAs for spring 2015, including numerous repeat performers.
Marquette recently added 36 members (14 first-time honorees) to the Chi Alpha Sigma National College Athlete Honor Society. Chi Alpha Sigma is the first national scholar-athlete society to honor those collegiate student-athletes who have excelled in both the classroom and in athletic competition. Chi Alpha Sigma recognizes college students who receive a varsity letter in their sport while maintaining a 3.4-or-higher cumulative GPA throughout their junior and/or senior years.
A total of 48 student-athletes will join their fellow Marquette alums in graduation ceremonies this spring and summer, capping standout careers in the classroom and competition.