JSU Varsity Athletes Make Academic History


JACKSONVILLE – It was another banner year for Jacksonville State University student-athletes in the classroom during the 2017-18 academic year as the Gamecocks posted a 3.26 cumulative grade-point average among all varsity programs.

A total of 16 programs boasted team GPAs above a 3.0, including nine that featured marks of 3.4 and higher. The 3.26 cumulative score is the highest in the athletic department’s history. JSU student-athletes earned a 3.23 GPA for the fall 2017 semester, before registering a 3.29 during the 2018 spring term.

“This was another outstanding year for our student-athletes, both on the field and in the classroom,” Athletic Director Greg Seitz said. “I couldn’t be more proud of the effort that our student-athletes put forth to be great representatives of Jacksonville State University in competition, the classroom and the community.”

JSU’s women’s cross-country program led the way with a 3.83 GPA, followed by women’s golf with a 3.71 and women’s tennis at 3.64. The indoor and outdoor track and field teams posted 3.55 GPAs, just ahead of softball with a 3.50, while soccer and volleyball earned GPAs of 3.48 and 3.47, respectively.

“Our student-athletes put in a lot of hours to meet the high standards that come with wearing that Gamecock logo on their uniforms and I want to congratulate them for their hard work in the classroom,” Seitz added. “It is also a testament to the hard work of our coaching staffs and the academic staff we have to help our student-athletes be successful.”

2017-18 Team GPAs

  • Women’s Cross Country 3.83
  • Women’s Golf 3.71
  • Women’s Tennis 3.64
  • Track & Field (Indoor & Outdoor) 3.55
  • Softball 3.50
  • Soccer 3.48
  • Volleyball (Indoor & Beach) 3.47
  • Men’s Golf 3.26
  • Men’s Tennis 3.24
  • Women's Basketball 3.24
  • Men's Cross Country 3.17
  • Rifle 3.17
  • Baseball 3.13
  • Football 3.08
  • Men’s Basketball 2.76

TOTAL: 3.26