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Northwestern student-athletes put together arguably their finest academic quarter ever during fall 2015, compiling record marks in the classroom across the board.


The Wildcats' overall student-athlete GPA was 3.29, while the team average was 3.32. Both of these are the highest on record for the department. All 19 programs had term GPAs above 3.00.


Last fall was the 28th consecutive academic quarter in which NU student-athletes achieved an average GPA above 3.00. Seventy-six percent of Northwestern's student-athletes hit that mark, while 27 student-athletes earned perfect 4.0 GPAs. The top teams academically in the fall were men's golf (3.60), field hockey (3.49), women's lacrosse (3.48) and women's fencing (3.42).


"The results in the classroom this fall are astounding," said Jim Phillips, Vice President for Athletics and Recreation. "To set records academically while also achieving strong success in athletic competition this fall is indicative of the caliber of student-athlete we have at Northwestern. We are incredibly proud of each and every one of them."


Northwestern football notably recorded a 10-win regular season while women's soccer returned to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1997. Meanwhile, both basketball programs are off to starts that rank among the best in those programs' histories.


This latest data continues a trend that saw Northwestern lead the Big Ten in fall Academic All-Big Ten awards for the third straight year after earning 103 in its six fall sports in 2015. Football broke its program record with 39 honorees.


Northwestern also has a 97 percent overall Graduation Success Rate, which leads the Big Ten by eight percentage points and ranks among the top rates nationally.


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