Bowling Green, Ky. — Nearly half of Western Kentucky University’s 444 student-athletes recorded a grade-point average of 3.0 or better last fall with just under 200 of those individuals carrying a cumulative 3.0 GPA or higher into the current semester, continuing the school’s success in the classroom.
The 212 student-athletes who posted a 3.0 or better GPA last semester will be recognized on the floor of E.A. Diddle Arena at halftime of the Hilltoppers’ basketball game against Troy on Wednesday. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. (CST).
“Unfortunately, there is not nearly enough attention to and coverage of the academic successes of our student-athletes at WKU,” Director of Athletics Dr. Wood Selig stated. “Last semester 10 percent of all WKU student-athletes earned a 4.0. More than 200 of our 444 student-athletes earned a GPA equal to or above a 3.0 last semester. These are remarkable academic accomplishments given the time demands and stresses they all face with respect to practice, travel and competition.
“The academic performances of WKU student-athletes certainly speak to the outstanding success stories that our student-athletes will become after graduating as well as what fantastic hires they will make upon graduation.”
Every squad had at least four individuals achieve a 3.0 GPA or higher in the fall, as 212 student-athletes accomplished the feat. That included 12 programs which had better than half of its members reach that standard, while five other programs had more than 10 participants record at least a 3.0 GPA.
The Lady Topper volleyball team — which earned the first-ever at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament given to a Sun Belt Conference school — led the way with 83 percent of its roster (10 of 12) making a 3.0 last semester. The women’s swimming and diving (76 percent), women’s golf (75 percent) and men’s soccer (70 percent) squads all had at least 70 percent of its participants make the Dean’s List. The other programs to have more than half of its members achieve a 3.0 or better GPA included baseball, softball, women’s basketball, women’s soccer, women’s tennis, and women’s cross country and track and field.
The Hilltopper football squad had more individuals earn a 3.0 GPA in the fall with 31 participants accomplishing the feat, with the men’s cross country and track and field (14) and men’s swimming (10) teams also having more than 10 members reach that mark.
Seven programs had a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in the fall — men’s soccer, men’s tennis, softball, volleyball, women’s golf, women’s soccer, and women’s swimming and diving.
WKU has had more individuals earn Sun Belt Conference academic recognition annually among the league’s 13 members each of the last three years. Athletically, WKU has claimed the Vic Bubas Cup — which is presented to the best overall intercollegiate program in the league — three of the last six years while finishing second in the standings three times.