Broncos Athletics

Bronco Athletic Teams Find Success In the Classroom

Jan. 3, 2003

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Nine of Santa Clara University's 17 intercollegiate athletic teams recorded overall grade point averages of 3.0 or better during the fall quarter, while three others maintained over a 2.9 according to data compiled by the school's Department of Athletics and Recreation.

The data also showed that over 53 percent of the department's roughly 350 student-athletes achieved over a 3.0 grade point average, while 69 student-athletes registered over a 3.5 during the quarter.

"We are very proud of the academic achievements of our student-athletes," said Director of Athletics and Recreation Cheryl L. Levick. "From the recruiting process through graduation, we strive to provide each student that participates in our athletic program the best possible opportunity for success. Our student-athletes tend to be very competitive and driven on and off the field and the academic success of our teams reflects that commitment to excellence."

Bronco men's and women's tennis, men's and women's cross country, softball, volleyball, women's water polo, women's crew and women's soccer teams each posted over a 3.0 grade point average during the fall quarter.

Student-athletes at Santa Clara University graduate at the highest rate in the West Coast Conference, the second-highest among Division I institutions in the state of California and recorded its second-highest percentage in the last decade according to the latest graduation rate report produced by the NCAA.

According to the report, SCU student-athletes graduated at a four-year average rate, ending with freshman entering school in 1995-96, of 81 percent while the overall student body at the institution graduated at an identical rate of 81 percent. Santa Clara's student-athlete graduation rate is considerably higher than the NCAA Division I average of 59 percent for student-athletes and the 70 percent average for Division I private institutions. The institution's graduation rate is the fourth-highest among all U.S. master's universities.

To view Santa Clara's graduation rate and a comparison with schools in the WCC and the state of California, click here.