Central Arkansas’ 375 student-athletes combining to earn a 2.85 GPA for the semester and finishED the term with a cumulative GPA of 2.92.
For the semester, 14 of the school’s 15 teams had GPA’s greater than 2.6 with five teams finishing above a 3.0. Cumulatively, eight teams are above a 3.0 and the other seven are above 2.5.
"Our coaches have certainly placed an emphasis in academics and demonstrated a commitment to the student-athletes’ education," said Dr. Brad Teague, UCA Director of Athletics. "I continue to be pleased with the heightened academic standards of Division I sports. The best attribute regarding our reclassification to D-I is the enhanced academic requirements. Our GPA’s, graduation rates and student quality have all improved dramatically. I commend our coaching staffs for recruiting quality students to UCA and emphasizing the importance of their college diploma."
UCA’s female student-athletes have a cumulative GPA of 3.12 and earned a 3.03 during the fall semester. Male student-athletes had a 2.72 for the semester and have a cumulative of 2.79.
The volleyball team had a 3.35 GPA for the semester, the best of any team. The tennis team, which had a 3.30 for the semester, has the highest cumulative GPA of all teams with a 3.43.
UCA also placed 66 on the Southland Conference Commissioner’s Fall Academic Honor Roll, which recognizes student-athletes competing in fall sports who achieved a 3.0 GPA for the semester. Eleven of the 66 had a 4.0 GPA.