UMBC Athletics Announces Significant Academic Progress

February 02, 2012 | WNST Staff

BALTIMORE – UMBC’s student-athletes posted a record-setting semester in the classroom in the fall of 2011.

Sixty-two percent (209) of Retriever student-athletes recorded grade-point averages of 3.00 or better, which is the highest figure since these statistics have been reported. Moreover, the combined grade-point average of the department was 3.03, also setting a new mark.

“I am extremely pleased with the dedication my staff showed to the success of UMBC’s student-athletes,” Assistant Athletic Director for Academic Services Jessica Hammond said. “The student-athletes bought into our program and their hard work certainly paid off in the classroom. We are hoping to continue this success through the spring semester.”

UMBC’s fall-sport athletes also excelled, as 67.6 percent of athletes in men’s and women’s soccer, volleyball and men’s and women’s cross country earned 3.00 grade-point averages. UMBC was ranked fourth of the six America East Conference schools that sent better than 60 percent of its fall student-athletes to the league’s Academic Honor Roll.

“I am very pleased with the progress we’ve made with our student-athletes’ academic prowess,” Director of Athletics Dr. Charles Brown said. “These are the best results that we have ever had and I attribute that to the hard work of Jessica Hammond and her academic support staff, our head and assistant coaches, and, of course, the dedication of our student-athletes. It feels really good to reach our goal. Future goals will be to improve even more on these results.”

•       Thirty-one student-athletes earned a 4.0 semester GPA.
•       Ninety-six students earned a 3.5 GPA or higher (28%).
•       Nine teams at 3.0 GPA or higher.
•       The top three women’s teams were cross country (3.39), volleyball (3.37) and basketball (3.26).
•       The top three men’s teams were lacrosse (3.09), soccer (2.98) and cross country (2.88).
•       The volleyball team had an America East-high 15 student-athletes earn honor roll status.