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Student Athletes record-breaking academic performance

In a semester filled with COVID-19 changes and challenges, the North Florida Athletic Department achieved a new program record boasting a cumulative department GPA of 3.61.

North Florida extended an impressive streak of cumulative department GPAs of 3.0 or higher to 18 consecutive semesters behind the dedication and hard work of the Student Athlete Center for Excellence staff and coaching staffs combined with the focus and commitment of the student athletes. UNF student-athletes have completed nine academic years in a row with a department GPA above 3.0.

All 19 of the department's varsity programs have now recorded cumulative team GPA's of 3.0 or higher in seven of the last eight semesters highlighted this semester with 18 of the 19 teams securing GPAs of 3.50 or higher. The women's golf squad led all program's with a 3.848 GPA while men's tennis paced the male program's with GPA of 3.669.

In addition, 49 student athletes attained perfect 4.0 GPA for the spring with 250 of the 271 student-athletes (92.3 percent) recording GPAs of 3.0 or higher.

The 2020 Spring GPA bettered the previous department record of 3.40 set in Spring 2019.

Comment from Jenny Barth, assistant AD for Student-Athlete Center for Excellence: 
"It truly takes a joint effort between coaching staff and academic staff to help support these almost 300 student-athletes and it is always so rewarding to see hard work pay off. I want to acknowledge our wonderful staff who are passionate about helping these students whether it was online, on the phone or in person before the campus closure. They have had to drastically adapt to new ways of reaching students and help support them and I am extremely proud of their commitment and adaptability demonstrated during this semester in particular. Ultimately the students had to decide what they were going to do with this semester and the results speak to their hard work in the face of a pretty stressful situation."