April 14, 2005
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Santa Clara University student-athletes continued to achieve success in the classroom in the winter quarter, registering an impressive cumulative grade point average of 3.033 according to a recent report from the athletic department's academic services unit.
Eight of the 17 Bronco intercollegiate sports that were included in the report posted a team grade point average (GPA) over a 3.0, while no squad was lower than a 2.839. At the top of the list was the Santa Clara women's cross country/track team with a 3.411 mark. For the purposes of the report, the SCU cross country and track teams were combined.
Of the 345 Bronco student-athletes measured in the report, 192 recorded a GPA over a 3.0, while 84 exceeded a 3.5. Six Broncos recorded a perfect 4.0 GPA for the winter quarter.
A report compiled by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) in October revealed that for the third-straight year scholarship student-athletes at SCU graduate at the highest rate in the West Coast Conference and the second-highest among Division I institutions in the state of California.
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.