Illinois State student-athletes had a record-breaking semester in the classroom, as the Redbirds shattered the departmental grade-point average (GPA) record with a 3.23 mark this spring. The 3.23 GPA topped the old mark of 3.16, set in fall 2014.

Illinois State female student-athletes posted a 3.45 cumulative GPA, setting another record. The Illinois State men turned in a 3.02 mark, tying their record set in fall 2014. A record 89 student-athletes earned perfect 4.0 GPAs, and 295 total student-athletes were named to the AFNI Honor Roll, with GPAs of 3.0 or higher. A record 72 percent of Illinois State student-athletes were named to the honor roll.

The men’s cross country and women’s golf teams were Illinois State’s team GPA winners, with marks of 3.67 and 3.82, respectively.

“Our student-athletes should be very proud of their collective contribution toward setting a new GPA record for the athletics department. They continue to set the bar high for themselves and future Redbird student-athletes,” said Paul Downey, Illinois State associate athletics director for academics and life skills. “I appreciate the academic culture of accountability and celebrating accomplishments that has been promoted on a daily basis through the targeting program by our staff at the Karin L. Bone Athletics Study Center.”

Illinois State men’s cross country (3.67 team GPA), women’s cross country (3.70), baseball (3.26), and softball (3.55) all broke their team GPA records. The baseball team broke its record for the fourth consecutive semester. The men’s cross country team broke its record set just last semester, while the women’s cross country team broke a record that stood for 16 years.

The women’s golf team, with a 3.82 GPA in the spring and a 3.91 mark in the fall, topped all teams with a 3.86 cumulative GPA for the 2015–2016 academic year.