295 UCLA student-athletes have been named to the Athletic Director's Honor Roll for the recently completed Fall Quarter. According to an article on UCLABruins.com, "To make the Director's Honor Roll, a student-athlete must earn a grade-point average of at least 3.0 and pass at least 12 quarter units."
102 student-athletes earned a GPA of 3.5 or higher while 13 earned a 4.0.
What is more amazing is the fact that 30% of the 118 members of the football team achieved this distinction. Obviously, Coach Jim Mora's insistence that the football team be students first is paying off.
The Women’s Rowing team and the Women’s Swim & Dive team were the teams with the 2nd and 3rd most members with 34 and 27 members, respectively. The Track program also performed well in the classroom as the Women’s Track & Field/Cross Country came next with 26 members and the Men’s Track & Field/Cross Country with 25 members. Baseball and Women’s Soccer both had 16 team members on the Honor Roll followed by Men’s Water Polo with 13 and Women’s Volleyball and Women’s Water Polo, both with 12. The Softball team had 11 member on the Director's Honor Roll while Gymnastics, Men’s Soccer and Women’s Tennis each had 10 members. The Men’s Tennis team had 9 members while Women’s Golf had 8 and Men’s Golf and Men’s Volleyball both had 7. And, last, but not least, the Women’s Basketball team had 5 members earn the distinction while the Men’s Basketball team had 2.
Kaitlyn Ray, a Senior on the Women's Tennis team, had the highest cumulative GPA at 3.948 for a student-athlete who has completed at least one year at UCLA.
Congratulations to all student-athletes and students who excelled in the classroom during Fall Quarter!
Of course, considering this and the fact that the Football team was first in Graduation Rate among the schools that finished in the Top 25 Polls, we would be remiss if we didn't question yet again why our Athletic Director was selling our UCLA student-athletes short on their classroom performance at last week's UC Regents' meeting.