WKU Student-Athletes Excelling in the Classroom as Second Semester Begins

With all university students set to return to the classroom with the opening of the second semester on Monday, WKU’s student-athletes head into the first day with tremendous academic momentum following an outstanding first semester of the 2010-11 year.


In the recently completed first semester of the 2010-11 year, 148 student-athletes (38%) had a grade point average of 3.4 or higher and earned recognition on the Dean’s List or President’s List, and at least one student-athlete from each of WKU’s 15 sport programs made either the Dean’s or President’s List.  A total of 224 student-athletes (58%) posted a GPA of 3.0 or higher, and ten of the university’s 15 athletic programs now have a cumulative team GPA of 3.0 or better.


Following the first semester, the overall average cumulative GPA for all 387 student-athletes is now 3.0. 




  • WKU is one of only five Sun Belt Conference schools to exceed the NCAA required 925 Academic Progress Report Rate (APR) in every men’s and women’s sport.


  • A total of 22 WKU student-athletes representing 10 separate sports graduated in the December 18 commencement ceremonies, and a total of 105 student-athletes have graduated in the last calendar year, as 23 graduated in December of 2009 and 60 graduated in May of 2010.


  • Lady Topper Softball player Shannon Smith, who was recognized as the top student in the College of Business based on her 4.0 GPA, was awarded the prestigious Ogden Foundation Scholar Award.  The Ogden Foundation Scholar is WKU's top academic honor presented to one graduating baccalaureate degree senior who has demonstrated exceptional academic achievement and outstanding university and civic engagement. (Smith is pictured with WKU President Dr. Gary Ransdell in photo accompanying story)


  • WKU has had more individuals honored by the Sun Belt Conference academically than any other institution in each of the last six years. 


  • WKU had a graduation success rate of 75% or greater in 14 of the 16 sports programs most recently measured by the NCAA and had a 100% graduation success rate in six sports.


  • In the last decade, 85 percent of WKU’s student-athletes who have fulfilled their eligibility have graduated.


  • WKU graduated 59% of its student-athletes from the 2000-01 through 2003-04 freshman class, the most recent classes measured by the NCAA.  The 59% graduation rate by WKU student-athletes was the second-highest in the Sun Belt Conference and also exceeded the 49% graduation rate posted by all WKU students during this time frame.