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UK Athletics tops Barnhart's goal of 3.0 GPA in fall semester

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In the words of the Athletics Director himself, Kentucky student-athletes came "dangerously close" to Mitch Barnhart's goal of a 3.0 department-wide grade-point average each of the past two semesters.

This fall, UK surged past that threshold.

During a semester in which UK was just one of three programs nationally to earn the right to host first-round NCAA Tournament games in women's soccer, men's soccer and volleyball, competing scholarship student-athletes attained an average GPA of 3.030. The GPA for all competing student-athletes, including those not on scholarship, was 3.034.

"I see how hard our student-athletes work every day and this is the result," Barnhart said. "I am proud of the commitment our young people and coaches have made to academics. Education is one of the pillars of our program and I want to thank CATS and our entire support staff for taking that to heart."

***See below for complete grade information for each sport***


Counting competing scholarship student-athletes only, 17 of the department's 20 teams topped a 3.0 GPA, led by the women's tennis team at 3.842. Two more teams had cumulative GPAs of 3.6 or better: women's cross country (3.608) and women's golf (3.604). Men's tennis led all men's teams with a GPA of 3.210.

Among teams that hosted the NCAA Tournament this fall, women's soccer (3.103) and volleyball (3.093) achieved GPAs of better than 3.0. In total, 10 of the 13 teams that participated in regular-season play during the fall semester had GPAs better than 3.0, including men's basketball. Featuring yet another group of freshmen ranked as the nation's top recruiting class, John Calipari's Wildcats had a team GPA of 3.066.

Looking at individual GPAs, UK student-athletes' work this fall is equally impressive. More than half the student-athlete population - 273 Wildcats - had GPAs of 3.0 or better, while 54 student-athletes had perfect 4.0 GPAs.

The work, however, is far from done. Barnhart has said all along that his goal is to maintain a 3.0 department-wide GPA for a full academic year. UK will be pursuing that goal and more in a continuing effort to prove that excellence in competition and in the classroom can go hand-in-hand.

Unless otherwise noted, all listed GPAs are for competing scholarship student-athletes.

  GPA
Sport Competing Scholarship Competing Scholarship and Non-Scholarship 
Baseball 3.016 3.017
Men's Basketball 3.066 3.061
Women's Basketball 2.874 2.895
Men's Cross Country 3.170 2.953
Women's Cross Country 3.608 3.377
Football 2.358 2.453
Men's Golf 3.050 3.050
Women's Golf 3.604 3.604
Gymnastics 3.350 3.483
Rifle 3.103 3.083
Men's Soccer 2.855 2.965
Women's Soccer 3.103 3.103
Softball 3.372 3.427
Men's Swimming and Diving 3.049 3.166
Women's Swimming and Diving 3.487 3.481
Men's Tennis 3.210 3.256
Women's Tennis 3.842 3.879
Men's Track 3.031 2.952
Women's Track 3.275 3.267
Volleyball 3.093 3.178
Men's Sports 2.827 2.857
Women's Sports 3.303 3.325
Overall 3.030 3.034

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