KU student-athletes set department record with 3.43 spring GPA
The University of Kansas athletic department overcame an unusual spring to set a department record with a combined 3.43 grade-point average, KU announced Wednesday.
According to a news release, all 14 of KU’s varsity programs posted a GPA of 3.0 or better “for the first time since GPAs were reliably tracked in 1986.”
Men’s and women’s cross-country and track and field were listed as combined programs in the release.
In addition, 10 teams set individual program records for the 2020 spring semester and 76% of KU’s student-athletes landed on the honor roll.
KU’s women’s swimming & diving team recorded KU’s highest spring GPA, breaking a department record with a 3.95.
Kansas volleyball (3.83), women’s golf (3.76), rowing (3.7), women’s soccer (3.63), women’s track and field (3.62), baseball (3.53), women’s basketball (3.35), men’s track and field (3.24) and men’s basketball (3.21) joined swimming in setting new program records.
Men’s golf (3.47), tennis (3.44), softball (3.43) and football (3.0) added to KU’s record-setting spring.
In a statement released Wednesday afternoon, KU Athletic Director Jeff Long said he was “thrilled” with the academic accomplishments, particularly since they came in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic that disrupted the semester and within an entirely new, remote learning system.
“I am so proud of our KU student-athletes for applying the same perseverance and determination we see in athletic competition to their academic pursuits,” Long said.
The second-year AD also thanked KU’s coaches, academic staff and administrators for their support of the Jayhawks.
In all, 92 KU athletes recorded 4.0 GPAs this spring, with 244 more finishing the semester between 3.0 and 3.99.
Kansas Athletics Team GPAs Spring 2020
Men’s Basketball: 3.21*
Women’s Basketball: 3.35*
Men’s Golf: 3.47
Women’s Golf: 3.76*
Swimming & Diving: 3.95*
Men’s Track & Field: 3.24*
Women’s Track & Field: 3.62*
* denotes program record