KU athletes deliver strong academic showing during spring semester

An aerial photo of the University of Kansas campus in August 2015.

An aerial photo of the University of Kansas campus in August 2015.

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Several student-athletes at the University of Kansas delivered a memorable performance in the classroom during the recently completed spring semester.

In recording an overall grade-point average of 3.40 across all sports this spring, all 14 of KU’s scholarship programs topped the 3.0 mark and five set new program records.

Men’s basketball (3.56), football (3.04), men’s golf (3.62), women’s tennis (3.64) and men’s track and field (3.34) all established new highs, and the KU volleyball team, with its 3.79 GPA, was the best performing KU program of the spring semester.

“Despite the incredible challenges of the past year, our student-athletes rose to the occasion to set a new benchmark of excellence in the classroom,” first-year KU Athletic Director Travis Goff said in a release announcing the achievements. “We are so proud of their accomplishments and inspired by their work ethic and commitment to their education. I look forward to future success in the classroom with the continued support of our coaches and academic staff.”

The men’s basketball program’s new high of 3.56 came on the heels of Bill Self’s squad establishing a new program record of 3.44 last fall. The football program, meanwhile, topped the 3.0 mark for the second consecutive spring.

In all, 89 KU athletes record a 4.0 GPA during the spring semester and 246 (of around 500) hit the 3.0 mark. The release notes that 75% of KU’s student-athletes on active rosters earned a spot on the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll this spring.

Team GPAs for 2021 spring semester

Baseball - 3.28

Men's Basketball - 3.56

Women's Basketball - 3.33

Football - 3.04

Men's Golf - 3.62

Women's Golf - 3.76

Rowing - 3.55

Softball - 3.42

Women's Soccer - 3.62

Women's Swimming & Diving - 3.75

Women's Tennis - 3.64

Men's Track - 3.34

Women's Track - 3.42

Volleyball - 3.79