MACOMB, Ill. - For the third consecutive semester, Western Illinois University student-athletes have compiled an overall grade point average higher than the general student population, helped in part to the softball team which earned a 3.42 GPA and the men’s golf team which earned a 3.249 average.
According to the Fall 2008 grade report, the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics combined for an overall grade point average of 2.939, slightly higher than the overall campus GPA of 2.88. More than 10 percent (43) of the 413 student-athletes recorded a perfect 4.0 GPA, nearly 24 percent (98) earned semester honors with a 3.6 or better average, and 52.5 percent (217) had at least a 3.0 mark.
“Once again our student-athletes have proved success can be earned in the classroom and on the field of competition,” said Director of Athletics Dr. Tim Van Alstine. “Western’s coaches continue to recruit the high quality Division I student-athlete who match our University’s core value of Academic Excellence.”
The softball team edged out the tennis squad (3.40 GPA) for the highest grade point average among women’s teams, while the golf team narrowly beat out the basketball team (3.231) on the men’s side.
Additionally, 56 student-athletes earned recognition on The Summit League's Academic All-League Team (men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s soccer and volleyball), more than all but one league school, and five were nominated to the Missouri Valley Football Conference All-Academic Team. In order to be selected to the Academic All-Summit League Team, a student-athlete must have a 3.0 or better grade-point average in the semester in which they compete and must use a year of eligibility.