MU Student-Athletes Shine in the Classroom
Aug. 2, 2010
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The BIG EAST Conference has announced the names of more than 3,100 student-athletes who have been selected to the 2009-10 BIG EAST All-Academic Team.
One hundred and nineteen Marquette student-athletes were named to the team, representing every sport at the University. The women's track & field squad led the way with 32 representatives, while 16 of those student-athletes also competed in cross country.
MU student-athletes earned a 3.17 grade-point average during the 2010 spring semester, marking their highest average GPA since 2002.
Over the course of the year, 15 perfect-4.0 GPA semesters were recorded by MU student-athletes with seven coming in the fall and eight in the spring. Fifty-nine percent of all student-athletes who began the year at MU earned all-academic team recognition.
Nominations for the All-Academic Team are submitted by each of the BIG EAST's 16 member institutions. To be eligible for the honor, a nominee must have competed in a BIG EAST-sponsored sport, attained a minimum grade-point average of 3.00 for the preceding academic year, and completed a minimum of two consecutive semesters or three consecutive quarters of academic work, with a total of 18 semester or 27 quarter credits, not including remedial courses.
The nominations are reviewed and approved by the BIG EAST Academic Affairs Committee. There are 3,170 honorees for the 2009-10 academic year, an increase of 508 student-athletes from the 2,662 named for the 2008-09 season.