BALTIMORE – UMBC Athletics has posted its best year grade-point-average (GPA) since joining the America East Conference for the 2003-04 academic year, the department announced on Wednesday afternoon in conjunction with the conference’s Academic Cup announcement.
Retriever student-athletes compiled a 3.07 GPA during the 2013-14 academic year, capping a successful year in the classroom and in athletic endeavors.
Hartford tops the league with a 3.28 GPA with New Hampshire (3.20) and Maine (3.16) trailing closely. Vermont (3.15) and Binghamton (3.14) rounded out the top-five while Stony Brook (3.08), UMBC (3.07), Albany (3.03), and league newcomer UMass Lowell (3.01) completed the standings.
“We’re excited as a department to earn this GPA, and it’s not surprising considering how hard our student-athletes work both in the classroom and in their athletic competitions,” said UMBC Senior Associate Athletic Director for Academic Services and Senior Woman Administrator Jessica Hammond. “This is especially rewarding since UMBC is an honors university and the challenging course work that our student-athletes engage in.”
To date, UMBC has gained one America East Scholar Athlete of the Year in 2013-14 with junior Eric Schuler (Columbia, Md./Reservoir) winning the men’s cross country award. In addition, 18 different Retriever athletes earned conference All-Academic honors with track and field senior Deborah Adelola (Lanham, Md./Bladensburg) earning a spot on both the indoor and outdoor All-Academic squads.
The UMBC women’s soccer team (3.47) and women’s swimming and diving team (3.34) led their respective America East rivals this year in the classroom, with the soccer team also winning its first-ever conference crown in the fall and the swim team placing second at the America East Championships in February.
The Retriever men’s soccer team, which captured its second straight America East title and third in four seasons, led the way for men’s teams at UMBC with a 3.16 team GPA.
All nine of the America East’s institutions compiled a GPA of 3.0 or higher during the 2013-14 academic year with the athletes combining for a 3.12 average score, the highest single-year mark in conference history.
The America East Academic Cup was established by the Board of Directors in 1995 and is presented to the institution whose student-athletes record the highest GPA during that academic year.