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January 25, 2013 at 3:21 pm

Student-Athletes Excel in the Classroom

Arcadia University AthleticsThe Arcadia University Department of Athletics is proud to announce the academic achievements of its student athletes. The fall 2012 semester GPA of all teams was 3.20, while the cumulative GPA of all 17 teams was 3.19. Approximately 55 Knights earned Dean’s Honor List status for the fall 2012 semester. Dean’s Honor List is for students with a GPA of 3.67-3.89.

“We are very proud of our athletes,” says Dr. Steve O. Michael, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. “They are truly an example of the healthy balance between physical activity and academic learning. As my father used to say, ‘A healthy body is always a good home for a healthy mind.’”

Fourteen of 17 teams ended the semester with a cumulative GPA greater than 3.0, and nine teams had a cumulative GPA greater than 3.2. Leading the way for the women was golf and swimming with a 3.41 cumulative GPA. On the men’s side, soccer had a cumulative GPA of 3.32, followed by tennis with a 3.13.

“Academic excellence is the cornerstone of the mission of Arcadia Athletics and NCAA Division III,” said Director of Athletics Brian Granata. “The academic achievement of our student-athletes is of the utmost importance, and we could not be prouder of their work in the class room.”

For the fall, 12 of the 17 teams had a GPA greater than 3.0, and 11 teams had a GPA greater than 3.2. Volleyball had the highest GPA in the fall with a 3.44, followed by tennis with a 3.43. For the men, soccer had a 3.29 GPA, followed by tennis with a 3.20.

On the field, Arcadia has had success this year as well. The men’s soccer team advanced to the Commonwealth playoffs. The field hockey team won 15 matches, advanced to the Commonwealth semifinals and had the Commonwealth Rookie and Coach of the Year. Men’s tennis player Darren Stochmal won a MAC Individual Tennis Championship.

The men’s basketball team has already eclipsed last year’s win total, winning 11 games in a season for the first time since 2007-08, and is in the hunt for a playoff spot. The women’s basketball team has also surpassed last year’s win total with a 9-9 record. The men’s lacrosse team will begin its first intercollegiate campaign on Feb. 20, when it hosts Stockton College on Easton Field.

Community service is also an important part of the total student-athlete experience. On Jan. 21, 174 athletes from the baseball, softball, men’s and women’s lacrosse, field hockey, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s soccer and men’s basketball teams participated in the second annual Stop Hunger Now Pack-a-Thon on campus. The teams donated their time and a total of $3,214, which equates to 12,856 meals.

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  1. Impressive GPAs! I think it goes without saying that those who participate in a challenging sport, such as tennis, swimming, or soccer… combined with great education… are going to excel in all aspects of their lives. Great job Knights!

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