It's official. The student-athletes at The University of New Mexico are not just smart…they are record-breaking smart. For the second straight semester, UNM's student-athletes established a record for grade point average, this time recording a 3.31 GPA for the Spring, 2016 semester.
That mark just edged the 3.30 that UNM's student-athletes recorded in the Fall. Overall it's the third time in the last five semesters that the department's student-athletes established a new GPA record.
Three teams established program-highs for its sports. On the men's side, the baseball team not only won the Mountain West title and advanced to the NCAA Regionals, but the team did while breaking the program record with a 3.26 grade point average. The baseball team was buoyed by a pair of CoSIDA Academic All-Americans in Chris DeVito and Alex Estrella. Baseball's previous best GPA was a 3.21 in the Fall of 2013. The best Spring GPA previous to this year was a 3.06 in the Spring of 2013, which also was a conference title season.
On the women's side, two program's established new team bests. Softball had a 3.57 GPA, bettering the 3.52 in the Fall of 2012. The teams' best in-season GPA prior to this Spring was the Spring of 2012 when the team compiled a 3.36 GPA. Also, Swimming and Diving had a program-best 3.66 GPA, bettering the 3.61 in the Spring of 2014.
Overall, the department's 3.31 grade point average bested the previous mark of 3.30, set in the Fall. It marks the eighth consecutive semester that Lobo student-athletes have garnered at least a 3.2 grade point average, and 16th straight in which they had at least a 3.0 grade point average. The men's program's established a new high as well with a combined GPA of 3.13, topping the 3.10 the teams combined for in the Fall.
UNM's male student-athletes have now had nine straight semesters in which they have averaged at least a 3.0 grade point average. The female student-athletes just missed a record with a 3.54 cumulative GPA, the second-best in school history. It did continue a streak as UNM's female student-athletes have had at least a 3.4 GPA.
The top GPA among the men's sports was turned in by men's skiing, with a 3.62 GPA. On the women's side, women's golf led the way with a 3.86 GPA.
The most recent UNM Athletics Strategic Plan had a focus on "Lobos for Life" a holistic approach to developing the UNM student-athlete, which includes a "Commitment to Athletic Excellence," a "Commitment to Personal Development" and a "Commitment to Academic Excellence."
Below is a listing of each sports Spring, 2016 GPA and any pertinent notes:
|Baseball||3.26||Highest GPA all-time, 8th straight semester with at least a 3.0|
|Basketball||2.86||16 of last 17 semesters with at least 2.7|
|Football||2.80||Highest semester GPA since 2003|
|Golf||3.59||18th straight semester with at least a 3.0|
|Ski||3.62||Department high for men's sports, 35th straight semester with at least a 3.2|
|Soccer||3.31||10th straight semester with at least a 3.2|
|Tennis||3.28||12th straight semester with at least a 3.2|
|Track & Field||3.46||8th straight semester with at least a 3.2|
|Basketball||3.55||31st straight semester with at least a 3.0, first academic year with both semesters above a 3.5|
|Golf||3.86||8th straight semester with at least a 3.7|
|Track||3.60||18th straight semester with at least a 3.3|
|Beach Volleyball||2.84||4th straight semester with at least a 2.8|
|Ski||3.83||18th straight semester with at least a 3.5|
|Soccer||3.46||12th straight semester with at least a 3.4|
|Softball||3.57||Highest GPA all-time, 20th straight semester with at least a 3.0|
|Swimming & Diving||3.66||Highest GPA all-time, 36th straight semester with at least a 3.0, 21st straight semester with at least a 3.2|
|Tennis||3.57||36th straight semester with at least a 3.0|
|Volleyball||3.24||9th straight semester with at least a 3.0, 27 of last 28 semesters with at least a 3.0|
|Male Student-Athletes||3.13||Program Record, 9 straight semesters of a 3.0|
|Female Student-Athletes||3.54||12th straight semester of a 3.4, 3rd straight academic year with at least a 3.5|
|Overall Student-Athletes||3.31||Program Record, 16 straight semesters of a 3.0|