USC Upstate Student-Athletes Secure Highest-Ever GPA during Fall Semester in Classroom

USC Upstate Student-Athletes Secure Highest-Ever GPA during Fall Semester in Classroom

Spartanburg, S.C. – The USC Upstate athletics department saw its student-athletes enjoy their most successful performance in the classroom during the fall semester as the Spartans posted a combined 3.186 grade-point average, securing the highest department GPA for the semester in school history.

The Spartans continue to excel in the classroom as 13 of 17 intercollegiate athletic programs posted a team GPA of 3.0 or higher. Volleyball logged the highest GPA among all athletic teams at 3.664 followed by Men's Tennis (3.625) and Women's Soccer (3.505). Teams also earning a combined GPA of 3.0 or higher include Women's Tennis, Baseball, Women's Golf, Softball, Men's Golf, Women's Cross Country, Women's Basketball, Men's Soccer and Women's Track and Field.

"What a tremendous job by our student-athletes in the classroom during the fall semester," said Julio Freire, Athletic Director/Vice Chancellor for Intercollegiate Athletics. "I am so proud of their effort and commitment to academic excellence. They have proven once again capable of handling the responsibilities as both a student and athlete. I applaud each of them, including their coaches and academic staff for their efforts."

In addition to the record-setting department GPA, 33 USC Upstate student-athletes finished the semester with a perfect 4.0 grade-point average. Overall 165 students-athletes, making up over 67 percent, achieved over a 3.0 GPA for the semester.

"The fall 2017 semester is the highest GPA ever recorded for our student-athletes here at USC Upstate," said Susan Kolb, Academic Advisor for Student Athletes. "Over the last several years we have raised the bar for our student-athletes and they have responded and exceeded our expectation. While thousands of collegiate student-athletes find the balance between academics and athletics, we continue to challenge our student-athletes to be, not only exceptional in the classroom, but servant members in the community, leaders on campus, and role models for the younger generations. I am very proud of our student-athletes and I think you can expect to see more accomplishments from them in the spring semester."

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