Three Stephens teams ranked among the NAIA's top 10 GPAs in their respective sports – softball (2nd), tennis (3rd) & competitive dance (t-3rd).
In recognition of student-athlete performances in the classroom, the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced that 1,585 teams earned the distinction of Scholar-Team for the 2015-16 academic year. For the second year in a row, Stephens College was well represented on the list with all eight varsity teams receiving the award.
Collectively, the Stars had a phenomenal year academically as the athletics department recorded a GPA of 3.40 for 2015-16. It marks a .16 improvement from 2014-15 when the eight varsity squads combined for a 3.24 GPA.
“Our student-athletes are consistently exceeding expectations and setting new standards for academic excellence,” said SC Director of Athletics Adam Samson. “There’s no question that academics and athletics go hand-in-hand at our institution and these achievements are a direct reflection of the hard work and dedication put in by the students, coaches, faculty and staff.”
Tennis and softball were neck-and-neck for the top GPA among Star sports teams with tennis getting the nod at a 3.70 GPA. Tennis’ 3.70 ranked third nationally in the NAIA.
Other Stephens programs among the NAIA’s top 10 in their respective sport include softball (2nd) at 3.69 and competitive dance (t-3rd) at 3.32. Three additional squads posted team GPAs above 3.3 including golf (3.49), volleyball (3.46) and basketball (3.33). Soccer and cross country came in at 3.19 and 3.11, respectively.
For a team to be considered for the NAIA Scholar-Team award, it must have a minimum 3.0 grade-point average (on a 4.0 scale) for the year as defined by the institution. All eligible varsity student-athletes (including transfers) contribute to the team’s cumulative GPA.
How the Stars Compare to Other NAIA Institutions
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