Annual GPA Exceeds 3.0 for Second Straight Year

June 14, 2017

247 student-athletes post a 3.0 GPA or higher during spring semester

TAMPA, JUNE 14, 2017 – For the second straight year, the nearly 500 student-athletes comprising USF Athletics have posted a combined annual grade-point average above a 3.0.

Final accounting of the 2016-17 academic period showed a 3.034 overall GPA for USF student-athletes, just shy of the record 3.085 mark for the 2015-16 academic period. USF student-athletes had not previously ever eclipsed a 3.0 cumulative GPA for an academic period and have now done it in back-to-back years.

“This is a very significant achievement for our student-athletes as well as our great Academic Services staff and coaches,” USF Director of Athletics Mark Harlan said. “Being able to post better than a 3.0 GPA in consecutive years is indicative of our commitment to graduating student-athletes and providing for the best overall student-athlete experience at USF. I'm so proud of the commitment of our young men and women, and of our staff and coaches to excelling in the classroom.”

USF student-athletes have now posted a term GPA (fall or spring) over 3.0 in six of the last seven terms, dating to the 2014 spring term.

The Bulls' recent academic success was led by 247 student-athletes that recorded a GPA of 3.0 or higher in the 2017 spring semester, a number that represents nearly 60 percent of student-athletes enrolled. The Bulls had 137 student-athletes post better than a 3.5 term GPA and 37 earn a 4.0.

USF had 12 sports teams post an annual GPA over 3.0. A total of 91 USF student-athletes earned their degree in 2016-17, with that number expected to eclipse 100 after the summer term. USF also posted a record 86 percent Graduation Success Rate when the latest data was announced last November.

About USF Athletics

USF Athletics sponsors 19 varsity men's and women's teams that compete in 11 different sports, 18 competing at the NCAA Division I level in the American Athletic Conference. The Bulls' athletic program is celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2015, having begun with a men's soccer contest in 1965. Nearly 500 student-athletes train and compete in the athletic district located on the east end of Tampa campus. The Bulls have claimed 12 conference titles in four seasons in The American, including four in 2016-17. Ten USF programs reached national post-season competition in the 2016-17 season and nine were ranked in the Top 25 nationally. The Bulls posted a record 86 percent Graduation Success Rate (2016) in the last reporting.

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