JimPhillips.jpegNorthwestern student-athletes continued to raise the bar on academic performance during the winter quarter of 2016, establishing a record for overall GPA among several other impressive numbers.

The Wildcats' overall student-athlete GPA was 3.31, the program's highest on record. The average team GPA also was 3.31, second only to the fall quarter mark of 3.32. Winter 2016 marks the 29th consecutive quarter in which Northwestern student-athletes had a GPA over 3.0.

"The results in the classroom continue to impress," said Vice President for Athletics and Recreation Jim Phillips. "For our student-athletes to set another GPA record during the winter quarter when so many teams are in competition, in postseason play and on the road shows how dedicated they are to academic success. We are so proud of their achievements."

Eighteen of NU's 19 varsity programs had term GPAs above a 3.0, led by field hockey (3.619), women's soccer (3.534), cross country (3.512) and volleyball (3.420).

Individually, 79 percent of student-athletes had GPAs above a 3.0, with 41 student-athletes earning perfect 4.0 marks for the quarter.

From an awards standpoint, Northwestern earned 41 Academic All-Big Ten awards in winter sports, bringing the Wildcats' total for the 2015-16 year to 144 overall.

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