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Bronco Athletes Succeed In The Classroom

Bronco Athletes Succeed In The Classroom

Jan. 28, 2005

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Eight of Santa Clara University's 17 intercollegiate athletic teams and more than 55 percent of the department's student-athletes recorded overall grade point averages of 3.0 or better during the recent fall quarter, according to data compiled by the school's Department of Athletics and Recreation.

The data also showed that over 55 percent of the department's roughly 375 student-athletes achieved over a 3.0 grade point average, while 78 student-athletes registered over a 3.5 during the quarter.

During the fall, a number of Bronco athletes were recognized for their success in the classroom. Women's soccer player Megan Kakadeles earned national Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors, while men's soccer player Will Weatherly was named Academic All-America. Nine Broncos earned West Coast Conference academic awards for their success on and off the playing field.

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 of 78 percent while the overall student body at the institution graduated at a slightly higher rate of 82 percent. The report examines a four-year rolling average ending with freshman entering school in 1997-98.

The freshman class that entered Santa Clara in 1997-98 graduated at a rate of 86 percent, which equals the institution's second-highest single-class rate since 1983 and is only one percentage point behind Stanford as the state's top ranking

Santa Clara's student-athlete graduation rate is considerably higher than the NCAA Division I average of 60 percent for student-athletes and the 71 percent average for Division I private institutions.