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Miami Building Champions in the Classroom

Joel Auerbach


Courtesy UM

CORAL GABLES, Fla. – While Miami Hurricanes teams were excelling in athletic competition during the spring 2013 semester, its student-athletes were also excelling in the classroom. Miami student-athletes posted a 3.01 semester GPA and 2.98 cumulative GPA – the highest GPA marks in UM athletics history.

Nine of Miami’s 17 teams posted a spring semester GPA of 3.0 or above, while all teams finished above a 2.75. Thirteen student-athletes also recorded a perfect 4.0 GPA for the semester. Nearly 200 student-athletes (180) earned at least a 3.0 semester GPA and 139 student-athletes earned Athletic Director’s Honor Roll Recognition for earning a 3.2 GPA or higher.

"I am tremendously proud of our Hurricanes for setting a new standard of excellence in classroom achievement," said David Wyman, Associate AD for Academic Services.

The Hurricanes women’s tennis team (@HurricaneTennis) had the best GPA of any team with a 3.60 GPA – the program’s highest GPA. The Hurricanes men’s tennis team (@CanesMensTennis) had the best GPA of any men’s team with a 3.47.

Miami’s women’s teams totaled a 3.23 semester GPA, finishing one one-hundredth of a point from tying its semester record of 3.24, and earned a record cumulative GPA of 3.17. On the men’s team, the Canes set a semester GPA mark with 2.83 and a cumulative GPA record of 2.81.

In the latest NCAA APR report, based on scores from the 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12 academic years, every Miami program registered an APR score of at least 945 and no teams were subject to penalty.

Six teams scored 980 or better out of a possible 1,000 points – baseball (983), men’s basketball (990), men’s tennis (993), women’s cross country (1,000), women’s golf (1,000), women’s swimming (989) and volleyball (995).

Three Hurricanes teams were publicly honored for being among the top 10 percent in APR – men’s basketball, women’s cross and country and women’s golf. It marked the third consecutive year that women’s golf received an APR Public Recognition Award and the second straight year for women’s cross country, while men’s basketball earned its first public recognition.

In October 2012, the University of Miami recorded a department-wide school-record Graduation Success Rate (GSR) of 93 percent. As a department, Miami’s 93 percent GSR ranks fourth among ACC schools and is eighth overall among FBS schools. Overall, the University of Miami athletic department has improved from 77 to 93 percent from 2005 to 2012, a year after UM student-athletes posted a then-record 89 percent GSR in 201. UM has exceeded the NCAA average GSR in each of the last eight years.

"Our record performance over the last three years continues to validate our Academic Progress Rate benchmarks as well as our Graduation Success Rate excellence," Wyman said. "Our goals are to achieve at the highest levels and to be leaders in academic performance."

According to latest US News & World Report rankings, the University of Miami is the top academic institution in the state of Florida and ranks 47th nationally.


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