Student-athletes at The University of Texas at Tyler excel in the classroom as well as in the sport of their choices as is evident by their grade point averages, Dr. Dale Lunsford, vice president for student affairs and external relations, announced.
In fall 2006, the 207 student-athletes earned an average GPA of 3.03, which is higher than the overall campus GPA of 2.76. Fifteen of the 207 athletes had a perfect 4.0 GPA.
“Winning at UT Tyler is not defined as beating your opponent on the playing field. It is bigger than that. Winning at UT Tyler is pushing yourself to become the best you can be in sports, in the classroom, in the community and in life. UT Tyler can be proud of what its student-athletes are accomplishing every day,” said Dr. Howard Patterson, assistant vice president for student affairs.
By sport, the women’s tennis team lead the way with a 3.42 GPA, followed by the women’s basketball, women’s cross country, and men’s tennis teams all reporting GPAs over 3.0.
The men’s soccer team won the 2006 conference championship, was ranked in the top 25 nationally and, at the same time, improved their team GPA.
Patriot men’s cross country also won the conference championship and improved their team GPA.
“Patriot athletics brings some outstanding students to our campus. Only 25 percent of our student athletes come from the 14-county East Texas region. That’s compared to 67 percent or our overall enrollment that comes from East Texas,” said Lunsford.
The UT Tyler student-athletes also find time to give back to the community. The baseball team has been recognized with the NCAA Division III national community service award as the best ongoing community service project, Cards for Kids.
One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. More than 70 undergraduate and graduate degree programs are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of nearly 6,000 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.