FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – After a particularly strong fall semester full of exceptional on-field and on-court accomplishments, the Nova Southeastern athletic department has again reached new heights with the its classroom accomplishments, as its 17 programs delivered a collective 3.22 grade point average through the fall term.
With the pinnacle going to the 3.53 earned by women’s golf, 70 percent of all NSU student-athletes earned a 3.00 GPA or higher to start off the 2018-19 year. With the fall included, the Sharks are on a 17-semester run with the department GPA above 3.00. Coming through perfect, 15 student-athletes finished the semester with a 4.0, while 62 student-athletes were named to the Director’s List for posting a GPA of 3.80 or higher.
Of NSU’s 17 programs, 15 completed the term above 3.00, including nine squads that exceeded 3.20. While golf was the top women’s program in the fall, soccer paced the men’s squads at 3.35. In addition, women’s rowing (3.39), men’s soccer and women’s swimming (3.50) each posted the highest fall team GPAs in their respective programs’ history.
“Shark student-athletes compete to be the best not only on their respective fields of competition, but also in the classroom.” Assistant Athletic Director for Academic Services and Student-Athlete Support Rachel Fineberg said. “Our department is incredibly proud of their academic accomplishments. These outstanding academic performances are a testament to our student-athletes’ hard work and dedication. We are very fortunate to have a culture here at NSU in which our administration, our coaches, our support staff and our student-athletes all share the same vision for academic excellence.”
The outstanding start puts the Sharks in position to continue one of its most-notable academic traditions. For 16 straight years, NSU Athletics has finished with a 3.0 or higher annual department GPA dating back to 2002-03 – the first year of NCAA competition.