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Posted on Thu, Feb 10, 2011 : 10:52 a.m.

Eastern Michigan athletes post highest cumulative GPA in school history

By Staff

Varsity athletes at Eastern Michigan recorded a 3.117 cumulative grade point average in the fall 2010 semester, the highest in school history.

"This outstanding effort is the result of a lot of hard work by our student-athletes as well as the Student-Athlete Support Services," athletic director Derrick Gragg said in a statement released by the university. "It takes an unbelievable amount of time from everyone involved to keep improving our academic success and we will continue to support our student-athletes as they move forward to the ultimate goal of graduating.”

There were 32 athletes with a 4.0 GPA and 302 - or 61.5 percent - with 3.0 or better.

The men's swimming team's 3.293 GPA was the highest of all men's teams. Volleyball (3.573) led the women's sports. Eastern sponsors 21 varsity sports.



Thu, Feb 10, 2011 : 9:41 p.m.

Great accomplishment. That is the kind of thing that can turn recruiting around in Ypsi. Parents love to know that when a coach says he or she will "take care of" their son or daughter for the next four years, it means that they will be encouraged, enabled, and expected to perform to a high level in the classroom, too. And, no matter how it may appear at hokey signing day rituals, parents have a lot of input into where their kids are going to school. Anyway, it's great that EMU has this to cite as a positive during visits. Congratulations to all involved.


Thu, Feb 10, 2011 : 8:32 p.m.

I agree with you lumberg48108. Some positive news from a "student athlete" perspective is refreshing. The headlines read too often the plight of the bad apples. (hope this doesn't get censored for not following the conversation guidelines with that last statement).


Thu, Feb 10, 2011 : 5:35 p.m.

What a great achievement! No naysayers please about football or basketball misery for this story please! This is ONLY positive news folks!