Marquette Student-Athletes Continue Academic Success

Peter Bolgert is one of the top academic performers in MU's history.

June 21, 2012

Marquette University student-athletes continue to excel in the classroom and are surpassing the national average across-the-board, according to the latest Academic Progress Rate (APR) released by the National Collegiate Athletic Association this week.

Of MU’s 14 NCAA Division I programs, all but one posted a four-year APR (2007-08/2010-11) above the national average. Last week, the women’s soccer program was recognized by the NCAA for finishing in the top 10 percent among its peers and the men’s basketball team (970) is 20 points above what all programs average nationally.

“The accomplishments of our student-athletes academically mirrors those collected by the student body as a whole at Marquette,” Vice President and Director of Athletics Larry Williams said. “While the individual and team successes of our student-athletes in competition are well documented, it’s also a great source of pride for the University to see their efforts in the classroom recognized as well.”

Every Division I sports team calculates its APR each academic year, based on the eligibility and retention of each scholarship student-athlete. Teams scoring below certain thresholds can face sanctions, such as scholarship losses and restrictions on practice. Rates are based on the past four years’ performance.

The 2011-12 academic performance of Marquette’s student-athletes presents a perfect example of the group’s successes in classrooms across campus. A total of 11 teams (including men’s and women’s lacrosse) posted team GPA’s of 3.0-or-better. Over half of MU’s nearly 300 student-athletes own cumulative GPA’s above a 3.0 during their respective tenures at the University. Included in this group were four Magna Cum Laude and four Cum Laude graduates at this spring’s ceremonies.

Marquette recently added 31 members to the Chi Alpha Sigma National College Athlete Honor Society. Chi Alpha Sigma is the first national scholar-athlete society to honor those collegiate student-athletes who have excelled in both the classroom and in athletic competition. Chi Alpha Sigma recognizes college students who receive a varsity letter in their sport while maintaining a 3.4-or-higher cumulative GPA throughout their junior and/or senior years.

Recent graduates Peter Bolgert and Olivia Johnson were recently named to the 2012 Capital One Academic All-America® Division I Men’s and Women’s Track/Cross Country Teams, selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America. Bolgert earned first team honors for the second year in a row and Academic All-America mention for the third-straight year, while Johnson was named to the second team after receiving first team accolades in 2011. Bolgert was also named an Academic All-America Second Team selection in 2010.


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