The academic performance of USC’s student-athletes continues to rise to record levels.
In the just-completed spring 2015 semester, the average semester grade point average of USC’s 550 student-athletes increased to 3.00 and the cumulative GPA average was 2.93, both the highest figures since records were first compiled in 2000 (besting the 2.95 and 2.88 record marks that were posted in the previous semester, fall 2014).
There were 305 student-athletes with a spring 2015 GPA of at least 3.0, comprising 55 percent of USC’s student-athlete population, the largest percentage of student-athletes with at least a 3.0 semester GPA in USC history. There were 14 Trojans with perfect 4.0 semester GPAs. On the Dean’s List for spring were 143 Trojan student-athletes, 15 more than any previous semester.
For the second semester in a row, 12 of USC’s teams had a spring 2015 GPA over 3.0, led by the women’s soccer squad’s 3.35 (the men’s high was volleyball’s 3.17).
The football team had its highest semester (2.71) and cumulative (2.52) GPA on record; the cumulative figure has improved each of the past four semesters. Nearly a third of the football roster — a record 33 players — posted a spring 2015 GPA of at least 3.0 and, for the third consecutive semester, nine football players were on the Dean’s List.
Women’s rowing had 16 members on the Dean’s List, while women’s lacrosse had 15, women’s swimming and diving had 13, women’s soccer had 11, women’s track and field and women’s water polo both had 10 and men’s volleyball, men’s track and field and men’s swimming and diving each had nine on the Dean’s List.
Men’s basketball’s 2.74 Spring 2015 GPA was a high for the sport. Its 2.66 cumulative GPA was its second highest total ever.