Northwestern student-athletes continue their academic success in the classroom following an exceptional winter quarter. The average GPA for all 19 Wildcats Athletic teams in the winter was a 3.26. Nearly 76 percent (75.8 percent to be exact) of NU student-athletes earned winter quarter GPAs over a 3.00. In addition, 39 student-athletes had perfect 4.00 GPAs for the quarter.
"The success our student-athletes continue to achieve in the classroom is remarkable and without peer," Vice President for Athletics and Recreation Jim Phillips said. "These numbers do not simply represent a handful of top academic performers on our teams, but each and every one of our 494 student-athletes. To have a group of that size average a 3.26 GPA is stunning and makes all of us involved with Northwestern Athletics incredibly proud."
Seventeen of the 19 teams had team GPAs over a 3.00, with 14 of these over a 3.20 (the two teams under a 3.00 both had 2.96 GPAs). Field Hockey led all teams with a 3.476 winter quarter GPA followed by women's fencing (3.404), cross country (3.382) and women's basketball (3.358). Men's swimming and diving was the top men's squad with a 3.319 GPA.
Also notable is the football team, which had one of its highest team GPAs ever with a 3.133.