ATH: App State Student-Athletes Excel in the Classroom

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ATH: App State Student-Athletes Excel in the Classroom


BOONE, N.C. – App State Athletics celebrated championships on the football field and the cross country course this past fall, and there was even more to celebrate at the conclusion of the academic semester.

App State student-athletes ended the semester with a 3.17 semester grade point average, marking their highest semester GPA since at least 2012 when the current record books began. The cumulative GPA for all student-athletes currently sits at 3.16.
This fall was the 15th consecutive semester that Mountaineer student-athletes have achieved a cumulative GPA above 3.0.
Fourteen teams finished with a semester GPA over 3.0, four of which were equal or better than 3.5 (women’s tennis, women’s golf, women’s soccer and women’s cross country). Women’s tennis led the women’s sports with a 3.56 semester GPA. Tennis topped the men’s sports for the second consecutive semester with a 3.42.
Sixteen of App State’s 18 teams maintain a cumulative GPA above 3.0 with women’s cross country and field hockey leading the way with a 3.52. On the men’s side, men’s golf holds the highest cumulative GPA with a 3.20. The two teams that do not claim a 3.0 GPA are very close, with a 2.99 and 2.94.
App State’s football team that finished a historic season with a 13-1 record, Sun Belt Championship, New Orleans Bowl Championship and No. 18 final ranking, also excelled in the classroom with a 2.85 semester GPA and a 2.94 cumulative GPA.
Since its 2014-15 transition to the Sun Belt Conference for all but two sports (wrestling and field hockey), App State has paced the league in academic performance among its student-athletes. App State won the Sun Belt Institutional Graduation Rate Award for 2018-19, its third honor in five years. App State led all Sun Belt schools with 112 representatives on the 2018-19 Honor Roll and also led the league last year with a school-record 14 teams that achieved a perfect 1,000 single-year APR score.


Women’s tennis 3.56 3.43
Women’s golf 3.53 3.45
Women’s soccer 3.51 3.49
Women’s cross country 3.50 3.52
Field hockey 3.44 3.52
Volleyball 3.44 3.43
Men’s tennis 3.42 3.11
Women’s track 3.39 3.39
Men’s golf 3.37 3.20
Softball 3.27 3.17
Men’s soccer 3.19 3.16
Women’s basketball 3.19 3.06
Wrestling 3.12 3.01
Baseball 3.04 2.99
Men’s Basketball 2.99 3.01
Men’s Track 2.96 3.06
Men’s Cross Country 2.89 3.11
Football 2.85 2.94