Jan. 9, 2014
OREM, Utah - Utah Valley University student-athletes had a solid fall semester in the classroom as they achieved a department wide 3.18 grade point average. Twenty-one of those student-athletes attained a perfect 4.0 GPA, while 68 percent of the 295 individuals ended the term with 3.0 GPA or higher.
"This goes to show that the Wolverines are taking the scholastic duties of being a student-athlete seriously," UVU Director of Athletics Vince Otoupal said. "A 3.18 GPA does not lie. As in athletic contests, the proof is in the numbers. A 3.18 proves commitment and accomplishment."
Eleven of the 12 Wolverine teams all notched above a 3.0 GPA, and nine of those same squads all boasted above a 3.20. Men's golf led the way with a 3.50 term GPA, while the women's golf team was right behind them with a 3.48. Men's basketball enjoyed the third-best GPA of any Utah Valley team with a 3.43, while women's basketball (3.39), men's soccer (3.36), women's soccer (3.30), women's volleyball (3.30), baseball (3.24) and softball (3.22) all posted above a 3.20. Women's track/cross country (3.15), men's track/cross country (3.03) and wrestling rounded out the list (2.71).
"I am proud of the academic efforts of our entire academic staff, coaches and student-athletes," Otoupal added. "Academic success is one of our stated goals and we are putting real muscle behind those goals. I am proud to be a part of UVU and Wolverine Athletics.
"What UVU's coaches and student-athletes have done in the fall semester is something that all Wolverine fans can be proud of. Last semester helps us to continue to evolve and define the Wolverine Way."
Forty-five percent of all UVU student-athletes earned a 3.5 GPA or higher in the fall, and 72 percent of those same individuals currently hold above a 3.0 cumulative GPA during there time in Orem.
Concluded Otoupal, "A 3.18 is great and noteworthy and we will continue to strive towards our stated goal of a 3.25 cumulative GPA. It may be an audacious goal, but can we do it? Absolutely."