BUFFALO, NY – The University at Buffalo student-athletes set a new standard in academics during the 2016 spring semester with a program-best GPA of 3.096. This marked the ninth straight semester UB student-athletes have surpassed the 3.0 combined mark.
Women's cross country claimed the top spot for the spring with a 3.474 team GPA, while men's soccer led all men's teams with a 3.359 GPA. Baseball had the most improved GPA of any program from the fall to the spring as they notched a 3.137 GPA during the spring semester and volleyball was the second most improved with a 3.317 GPA
Overall, 12 teams had a 3.0 grade point average or better – women's cross country (3.474), men's soccer (3.359), men's cross country (3.353), volleyball (3.317), women's soccer (3.299), women's swimming and diving (3.296), women's basketball (3.258), women's track and field (3.244), baseball (3.137), men's track and field (3.136), rowing (3.124), and women's tennis (3.082).
The department had 29 individuals with perfect 4.0 GPAs and 161 others that were 3.5 or better. In all, 301 of UB's 497 total student-athletes (61 percent) reached the 3.0 plateau.
"We are extremely proud of our student-athletes, as they have set a new standard academically, while continuing the trend of a 3.0 GPA or higher for the ninth semester, said Athletic Director Allen Greene. "This is an incredible streak that speaks to the motivation and drive of our students to perform at a high level in the classroom while balancing their demanding academic and athletic schedules."
The University at Buffalo is the largest university in the state system of New York. This flagship institution has nearly 30,000 students, more than 230,000 alumni worldwide and is an AAU member. Ranked 48th among all public universities in the United States, UB professional schools such as Law, Medicine, Dentistry, Business and Engineering are ranked in the top 100. With an aggressive plan in UB 2020, the entire university, including the Department of Athletics has immeasurable potential. UB is New York's Public Powerhouse.