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Benedict Student-Athletes Post Record-Setting Academic Performance

Benedict College student-athletes may not have had any sporting competitions in the fall, but they proved to be champions in the classroom. After the conclusion of the fall 2020 semester, Benedict student-athletes compiled a cumulative 3.18 grade point average for the semester and an overall cumulative GPA of 3.16.

The term and cumulative GPAs are the highest in more than five years.

Out of 283 total unique student-athletes, including cheerleaders, two-thirds (189 total, 66.8%), earned higher than a 3.0 GPA. More than 41% (189) earned a 3.5 GPA or higher. And 40 students (14%) earned a perfect 40 for the semester. 

“We are very proud of the academic achievements of our student-athletes,” said Willie Washington, Benedict’s Director of Athletics. “With no competition this fall, and limited practices, our students were able to completely focus on their academics and the results are impressive. Now we want to challenge all our student-athletes to keep up their grades as we move back into competition.” 

The women’s tennis team led the way in the fall with a team GPA of 3.85 in the fall. Three of the seven members had a perfect 4.0 GPA for the term and no one had a semester GPA less than 3.65. Women’s cross country had a 3.81 GPA for the semester, with four of the eight team members recording a 4.0 for the term. 

Women’s indoor/outdoor track & field led the way with nine student-athletes earning a 4.0. Softball was next with five. Football, women’s cross country and cheerleading had four each. Women’s tennis had three, while women’s volleyball, men’s basketball, men’s tennis and baseball all had two each. Men’s volleyball and men’s indoor/outdoor track & field and women’s basketball all had one each.  

The cumulative GPA of the 334 student-athletes (multi-sport athletes were counted in each sport they compete in), registered a career GPA of 3.16, up from 2.96 at the end of the spring 202 semester. 

Women’s cross country has the highest cumulative GPA with a 3.78, edging out women’s tennis with a 3.76. 

 

FALL 2020 GPA 

 

 

 

 

Fall 20 

 

 

Hrs GPA 

Qual Pts 

GPA 

Women’s Tennis 

121 

466 

3.85 

Women’s Cross Country 

131 

499 

3.81 

Men’s Tennis  762803.68

Women’s Indoor T&F 

392 

1413 

3.60 

Women’s Outdoor T&F 

392 

1413 

3.60 

Men’s Cross Country 

151 

542 

3.59 

Softball 

 

238 

829 

3.48 

Women’s Volleyball 

252 

859 

3.41 

Men’s Outdoor T&F 

377 

1242 

3.29 

Men’s Indoor T&F 

377 

1242 

3.29 

Men’s Volleyball 

59 

180 

3.05 

Women’s Basketball 

280 

837 

2.99 

Cheerleading 

427 

1226 

2.87 

Baseball 

 

344 

967 

2.81 

Football 

 

1179 

3317 

2.81 

Men’s Basketball 

208 

580 

2.79 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL 

 

5001 

15868 

3.17 

 

CUMULATIVE GPA 

 

 

 

CUM 

 

 

Hrs GPA 

Qual Pts 

GPA 

Women’s Cross Country 

381 

1440 

3.78 

Women’s Tennis 

508 

1910 

3.76 

Women’s Indoor T&F 

1396 

4934 

3.53 

Women’s Outdoor T&F 

1396 

4934 

3.53 

Softball 

 

600 

2107 

3.51 

Men’s Tennis 

528 

1847 

3.50 

Women’s Volleyball 

877 

3013 

3.44 

Men’s Cross Country 

683 

2274 

3.33 

Men’s Outdoor T&F 

1567 

5062 

3.23 

Men’s Indoor T&F 

1567 

5062 

3.23 

Men’s Volleyball 

148 

455 

3.07 

Cheerleading 

1653 

5004 

3.03 

Women’s Basketball 

1180 

3569 

3.02 

Men’s Basketball 

531 

1537 

2.89 

Baseball 

 

1883 

5374 

2.85 

Football 

 

3699 

10271 

2.78 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL 

 

18594 

58781 

3.16 

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