Illinois student-athletes had a 90% graduation rate in 2013.
Jan. 23, 2014
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - During the 2013 fall semester, Illinois student-athletes shined in the classroom, combining for a 3.23 average GPA. Sixteen of UI's 19 varsity sports posted a team GPA over a 3.0, including nine teams over a 3.30. A total of 24 student-athletes recorded a perfect 4.0 GPA, while 62 percent of all athletes earned over a 3.0 GPA.
The women's gymnastics team notched the highest GPA among all teams on campus this fall with a 3.60 mark. The women's cross country, softball and volleyball teams followed closely behind and tied for the second-highest mark among all teams at 3.50. Soccer (3.43), swimming & diving (3.42), women's golf (3.40), women's tennis (3.38) and men's cross country (3.37) rounded out the teams above a 3.30. In total, 15 of 19 teams, including football and men's and women's basketball, posted higher GPAs this fall compared to fall 2012.
In December, the conference awarded Academic All-Big Ten honors to 55 University of Illinois student-athletes in five fall sports. The Illini boasted 21 football players, 16 women's soccer players, seven volleyball players, six men's cross country runners and five women's cross country athletes. Academic All-Big Ten honors are bestowed upon student-athletes who have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher, earned an athletic letter and are in at least their second year at their institution. Winter and spring sport student-athletes are honored following their respective seasons.
Illinois' student-athlete 2013 graduation rate of 90 percent tied for the the best in school history (1998) and followed a graduation rate of 89 percent in 2012. UI finished second both years in the Big Ten in student-athlete graduation rates, including best among public institutions. In 2012-13, Illinois set a school record with six teams earning the NCAA Public Recognition Award based on their most recent Academic Progress Rate (APR), and 19 of the 21 Illini teams equaled or exceeded national APR averages for their respective sports, including four with perfect 1,000 multi-year APR rates.