January 27, 2009

Butler Athletes Score In The Classroom

Jan. 27, 2009

Butler's student-athletes have demonstrated that their success isn't limited to the playing fields. At the completion of the fall semester, Butler's 17 men's and women's athletic teams combined to post a department cumulative grade point average of 3.137 on a 4.00 scale.

All 17 Butler teams compiled a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.90 and 15 of the 17 squads had team GPA's above 3.00. The women's track team led all Butler squads with a 3.532 cumulative grade point average, while the men's tennis squad topped the male teams with a 3.383 GPA.

"I extend my congratulations to our student-athletes for their outstanding achievement in the classroom," said Butler Director of Athletics Barry Collier. "Butler student-athletes continue to prove that academic AND athletic success are at the core of The Butler Way."

Individually, 20 Butler student-athletes compiled a 4.00 grade point average, with the men's track/cross country, women's track/cross country and women's soccer teams each boasting three athletes with a perfect GPA. Overall, 65% (223) of Butler's student-athletes had a grade point average of 3.00 or above and 85% (292) were at 2.50 or above!

A total of 165 Butler student-athletes were honored with recognition on the Butler Athletic Director's Honor Roll for compiling a grade point average of 3.25 or higher. The football team led the way with 38 athletes honored, while the women's soccer team had 15 athletes recognized. Seven Butler teams had at least 10 student-athletes earn recognition on the Athletic Director's Honor Roll. All students named to the Athletic Director's Honor Roll will be recognized at halftime of the Butler men's basketball game against UIC on Feb. 13.

Butler's on-field accomplishments this fall also were impressive. The men's cross country team won an 11th consecutive Horizon League championship and earned a bid to the NCAA Championship for the fourth time in six years. The men's soccer team recorded the fourth-highest win total in school history, while the volleyball team had its highest win total since 2003. And for the first time since 1997, each of Butler's fall teams finished with a .500 or better record.