The University of Hartford Department of Athletics announced Tuesday that its student-athletes combined to earn a 3.31 grade point average for the Fall 2017 semester. It is the 23rd consecutive semester and 12th consecutive year that the Hawks have finished with at least a 3.0 departmental GPA.
Individually, 258 of Hartford's 356 student-athletes (72 percent) earned a 3.0 GPA or better, while 164 (46 percent) earned a 3.5 or better. Additionally, 42 student-athletes achieved a perfect 4.0 GPA during the fall semester, a 50 percent increase from the fall of 2015.
"We are extremely proud of our student-athletes who have once again displayed success in the classroom," said Director of Athletics Mary Ellen Gillespie. "This exemplifies the teamwork between Hartford student-athletes, faculty and university and department staff and coaches for yet another semester. Everyone at Hartford is committed to student success."
The women's cross country team lead the department with a 3.70 team GPA, while women's soccer (3.67), volleyball (3.64), men's golf (3.59), and women's indoor and outdoor track and field (3.53) each also finished above a 3.5. In all, 13 of Hartford's 17 teams earned at least a 3.0 GPA.
"Our student-athletes are dedicated to excellence in their sport, in the community, and in the classroom," Senior Associate Athletics Director for Student-Athlete Services and Success Amanda Devitt said. "This semester they have worked incredibly hard in the classroom and that hard work delivered outstanding results. We are extremely proud of this accomplishment and how our student-athletes and staff are committed to academic excellence."
The University of Hartford Department of Athletics has set the academic standard in the America East, winning the newly renamed Walter Harrison Academic Cup in 2017. The Hawks combined for a 3.31 GPA–the highest GPA for an America East institution–to earn the honor for the fifth time in the last six years.
The Walter Harrison Academic Cup, which was named after former University of Hartford President Walter Harrison this summer, is awarded to the America East school with the highest overall GPA each year.