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UND student-athletes had the highest-recorded GPA (3.177) in UND Athletics history.
Another record-breaking year in the classroom
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Updated: Tuesday 07/11/2014 10:37:08 (ET)
by Jayson Hajdu, UND Athletic Media Relations
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GRAND FORKS, N.D. – The University of North Dakota’s 400-plus student-athletes combined to achieve a 3.177 grade-point average during the 2013-14 academic year, the highest recorded single-year GPA in the history of UND Athletics. The previous record of 3.173 was set in 2011-12.

“Another year and another exceptional academic performance by our student-athletes,” said UND Athletics Director Brian Faison. “We are so proud of the job our student-athletes do in balancing athletics and academics. At the University of North Dakota, ‘student’ really does come first in ‘student-athlete.’”

Seventeen of UND’s 21 teams boasted a 2013-14 GPA of 3.0 or better, led by women’s cross country (3.473), women’s swimming & diving (3.427), women’s hockey (3.425), men’s golf (3.424), women’s indoor track (3.417) and women’s outdoor track (3.417).

Additionally, 65 percent of UND’s student-athletes (266 out of 411) achieved a 3.0 GPA or higher during the Spring 2014 semester, 54 of whom boasted a perfect 4.0. Eighteen of those student-athletes own a cumulative 4.0 GPA.

“It was another amazing  year,” said Amanda Hajdu, UND Assistant Athletics Director for Academic Services. “Our student-athletes – and coaches, too – are dedicated to success in the classroom on the way to earning their degrees. It’s definitely something our athletics department is proud of.”

The record-breaking GPA punctuated another year of academic achievement for UND’s student-athletes. Also of note in 2013-14:

  • Shelby Amsley-Benzie (hockey), Nick Mattson (hockey), Ronni Munkeby (volleyball) and Patrick Riewer (baseball) each earned CoSIDA Academic All-America honors

  • Those four, plus Lauren Clarke (volleyball), Jimmy Evers (track) and Erin Wysocki
    (track/cross country), were named CoSIDA Academic All-District

  • Mattson was the national men’s hockey recipient for the NCAA Elite 89 Award

  • UND’s softball and men’s cross country teams earned NCAA Public Recognition Awards

  • The men’s and women’s swimming & diving teams both earned fall and winter CSCAA Scholar All-America Team Awards

  • Men’s and women’s cross country were named USTFCCCA All-Academic Teams

  • Freshman golfer Danielle DelGreco was named a WGCA All-American Scholar

  • 173 student-athletes earned academic all-conference honors

  • Sixty-seven student-athletes were named to UND’s Spring 2014 Dean’s List and 43 were named to the President’s Honor Roll


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