WEST HARTFORD, Conn. – The University of Hartford Department of Athletics saw its student-athletes enjoy its most successful performance in the classroom this past semester. The Hawks combined to earn a department-wide grade point average of 3.38 for the Spring 2018 semester, marking the 24th consecutive semester Hartford's student-athletes have finished with at least a 3.0 departmental GPA.
In addition, Hartford's academic excellence this past spring helped push the department's GPA for the 2017-18 academic year to a 3.35, up from what was an America East record 3.31 one year ago.
"Our student-athletes have put together another tremendous semester in the classroom, and we couldn't be more proud of them," said Director of Athletics Mary Ellen Gillespie. "We have great expectations for our student-athletes, and this achievement exemplifies the teamwork between Hartford's student-athletes, academic staff, coaches and the University's faculty and staff for yet another semester. Our young men and women represent what being a true student-athlete is all about, and I am proud that everyone at Hartford is committed and dedicated to success in the classroom."
Individually, Hartford saw 269 (80 percent) of its student-athletes earn a 3.0 GPA or better, while 163 (49 percent) posted a 3.5 or better. These percentages are up from last semester, as 72 percent of the Hawks' student-athletes earned a 3.0 or better and 46 percent earned a 3.5 or better in the Fall 2017 semester.
Additionally, the Hawks saw 38 student-athletes post a perfect 4.0 GPA this past spring.
Most impressively, all but two of Hartford's 17 teams finished with at least a 3.0 GPA this spring. Setting the pace for the third-straight semester was the women's cross country team, which calculated a team GPA of 3.74. In addition, five programs achieved a 3.60 GPA or higher, including women's soccer (3.70), volleyball (3.67), women's outdoor track and field (3.67) and women's indoor track and field (3.67), while softball was also above a 3.5 (3.58).
"Our student-athletes, coaches and staff continued to demonstrate their commitment to academic excellence this past semester," said Senior Associate Athletics Director of Student-Athlete Services and Success Amanda Devitt. "This is a tremendous achievement for our department and is a true complement to the University of Hartford's faculty, staff and administration who support and work with our student-athletes."
The University of Hartford Department of Athletics has set the academic standard in the America East, as the Hawks will be vying for the newly renamed Walter Harrison Academic Cup for the second-straight year in 2018. Last season, Hartford combined for a 3.31 GPA — the highest GPA recorded by an America East institution — to win the Academic Cup for the fifth time in the last six years.
Named after former University of Hartford President Walter Harrison in 2017, the Walter Harrison Academic Cup is awarded to the America East school with the highest overall GPA each year.