Tartans Prove Excellence is Possible in All Arenas

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(PITTSBURGH, Pa.) – After one of the most successful years in Tartan history with 13 programs earning bids to the NCAA Championships, the Carnegie Mellon University student-athletes continued their excellence in the classroom as well. For the spring, 141 student-athletes posted a 4.0 grade-point average (GPA) with 62 percent earning a 3.50 GPA or better.

“We have just completed the most successful athletics year in our history, and our students’ academic performance was staggering in both semesters,” said Director of Athletics Josh Centor. “The Tartans are impacting all areas of the Carnegie Mellon University community and demonstrating that academic and athletic excellence can and should go hand-in-hand.”

The 14-member women’s golf team, which returned to the NCAA Championships and placed fourth this year, led Tartan programs with a 3.70 GPA for the spring semester. For the year, the women’s golf team finished with a 3.72 team GPA and seven 4.0s for the spring semester. The women’s swimming and diving team had four members selected to compete at the NCAA Championships where they each placed in the top 16 to earn Honorable Mention All-America awards while placing 26th as a team. In the classroom, they carried a 3.59 GPA for the semester with 18 4.0s and 68 percent earning a 3.50 or better. The 25-member softball team was right with the women’s swimmers and divers with a 3.59 GPA for the semester with eight earning the perfect mark and 21 achieving a 3.50 or better.

The men’s tennis team boasted the highest grade-point average amongst the men’s spring programs with a 3.55 GPA for the semester. The men’s soccer team carried a 3.57 GPA through the semester while the football team and men’s basketball team each achieved better than a 3.5 as a team.

On top of the semester success, 22 upperclassmen maintained cumulative GPA’s of 4.0 with four graduate students also earning the top mark. The success was widespread among the colleges, as 64 students with 4.0s were enrolled in the College of Engineering, 30 in Dietrich College, 25 in the Tepper School of Business, 12 in the Mellon College of Science, nine in the School of Computer Science, and one in the College of Fine Arts.