Northwestern student-athletes capped the 2013-14 school year with one of their best academic quarters in the University’s history.

The average GPA for all 468 Wildcat student-athletes in spring quarter 2014 was 3.279, the highest on record. Eighteen of Northwestern's 19 varsity teams averaged a GPA above 3.0, with the 19th team averaging a 2.94. Eleven of NU’s teams had an average GPA above 3.30 during spring quarter.

Volleyball led all teams with a 3.53 GPA, followed by cross country (3.443), women's soccer (3.44), and softball (3.425). Soccer was the top men's squad in the spring, with a 3.42 GPA.

Individually, 350 of Northwestern's student-athletes (74 percent) had spring quarter GPAs over 3.00, including 38 who earned a perfect 4.0.

“We are incredibly proud of the dedication all of our student-athletes have shown in the classroom not only in this last quarter, but over the entire year," said Jim Phillips, vice president for athletics and recreation. "With school records set for Academic All-Big Ten awards and overall GPA, they continue to raise the bar on what it means to be a Northwestern student-athlete.”

This data caps an incredible year in which Northwestern won a school-record 220 Academic All-Big Ten accolades, had 16 programs earn a perfect 1,000 Academic Progress Rate score for the most recent season, and led the Big Ten by seven percentage points with a 97 percent overall Graduation Success Rate (GSR).

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