UW Student-Athletes Achieve Highest Annual GPA in More Than a Decade

July 17, 2012

LARAMIE, Wyo. - University of Wyoming student-athletes not only enjoyed some of their most successful seasons on the playing field this past academic year, but they also posted their highest combined annual grade-point average in more than a decade.

When combining the grade-point averages of all student-athletes from Wyoming's NCAA-sanctioned sports for the 2011-12 fall and spring semesters, UW student-athletes achieved a 3.04 grade-point average for this past academic year. That ranks as the highest from the period beginning with the 2001-02 academic year.

The 3.04 grade-point average also exceeds the overall UW student population GPA of 2.91 for the 2011-12 academic year.

"This is a tribute to the fine young men and women who we have on all of our athletic teams at the University of Wyoming," UW Athletics Director Tom Burman said. "We take great pride in how our student-athletes represent us both as competitive athletes and as students. This type of achievement in the classroom indicates that they do truly live up to the term student-athletes.

"I also want to recognize the great work of Wes Maas and his staff in our Office of Academic Support, within our athletics department, and I want to give credit to our coaching staffs, who do an exceptional job of recruiting outstanding student-athletes to the University of Wyoming."

The previous highest annual GPA achieved by UW student-athletes during the past 11 years was in the 2006-07 and 2007-08 academic years, when Cowboy and Cowgirl student-athletes recorded annual GPAs of 3.02.