PHILADELPHIA - Another semester in the books means more academic records set by Temple University's student-athletes. This past fall semester, Owl student-athletes combined for a 3.10 cumulative grade point average. It marks a record fourth consecutive semester with a combined GPA at 3.10 or greater and a tenth consecutive semester above a 3.00.
"Nothing makes me prouder than the success our student-athletes achieve year in and year out in the classroom," said Temple University Director of Athletics Dr. Patrick Kraft. "Each semester our young men and women raise the bar higher which is a remarkable accomplishment. I congratulate not only our student-athletes for their hard work, but also our coaches and our exceptional academic support staff led by Justin Miller. This is a true team effort."
Individually, 61 percent of Temple student-athletes earned a 3.0+ GPA during the fall semester, marking the fourth consecutive semester that the Owls topped the 60 percent threshold. Thirteen teams had 50 percent or more of their rosters earn 3.0 GPAs during the semester.
Fifteen of Temple's 19 varsity sports posted a combined semester GPA above a 3.00 with women's cross country earning the highest recorded semester GPA in department history of 3.70.
Besides women's cross country's record mark, six other teams posted program-high GPAs: men's tennis (3.58), field hockey (3.56), women's soccer (3.52), women's track and field (3.44), men's cross country (3.43) and men's soccer (3.40).
Overall, 15 programs earned a cumulative GPA of better than 3.0, led by women's volleyball (3.58) and men's tennis (3.46). Twelve of those programs combined for GPAs above a 3.40.