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272 UCLA Student-Athletes Qualify For Spring Director's Honor Roll

Once again we take a moment to celebrate the academic achievements of UCLA student-athletes.


According to the UCLA Athletics Department, 272 student-athletes have qualified for the Athletic Director's Honor Roll for the 2015 Spring Quarter. The women's volleyball team again leads the way with a remarkable 88.9% of its players landing on the honor roll. In terms of raw numbers, Women's Track & Field/Cross Country placed 32 student-athletes on the Spring Director's Honor Roll to lead all teams.

In order to gauge which programs and coaches are most effective in helping our student-athletes achieve excellence in the classroom, I've estimated the total number of student-athletes for each sport and calculated the percentage of team members on the honor roll. Estimating the number of student-athletes for each team is more difficult in the spring since some players may discontinue their studies to pursue professional opportunities. For example, six of Coach Cromwell's seniors were drafted by the NWSL in January and are very unlikely to have been registered as students in the spring.

With that caveat, here are my best estimates for the percentage of team members that made the Spring Director's Honor Roll:

Rank Sport Number of Honor Roll
Total Number of
Percentage of Team Members
on the Honor Roll**
1 Women's Volleyball 16 18 88.9
2 Men's Golf 9 11 81.8
3 Swimming & Diving 28 38 73.7
4 Men's Tennis 8 12 66.7
5 Women's Water Polo 14 22 63.6
6 Women's Golf 5 8 62.5
7 Gymnastics 12 20 60.0
8 Women's Tennis 8 14 57.1
9 Rowing 25 45 55.6
10 Women's Track & Field 32 59 54.2
11 Men's Volleyball 8 15 53.3
12 Men's Track & Field 25 58 43.1
13 Men's Basketball 6 15 40.0
14 Men's Soccer 10 28 35.7
15 Men's Water Polo 11 31 35.5
16 Baseball 12 34 35.3
17 Football 28 98 28.6
18 Women's Soccer 8 32 25.0
19 Women's Basketball 3 15 20.0
20 Softball 4 24 16.7

* The total number of student-athletes participating in each sport in the spring quarter is estimated.

** The accuracy of the percentage of team members qualifying for the honor roll depends on the accuracy of the team size estimate.

Comparing the spring quarter results with the winter quarter shows huge improvement for men's basketball (previously at 13.3%), men's golf (previously at 54.5%), and women's golf (previously at 50%).

Unfortunately, three of the four teams that had deep runs in postseason play in the spring saw a significant decline in their honor roll numbers from the winter quarter. The softball team, which participated in the College World Series in the spring, saw its number of honor roll qualifiers halved. The women's tennis team, which made it to the NCAA Championship game, dropped from 11 honor roll members to 8. However, the biggest percentage decrease in honor roll student-athletes fell to our women's basketball team which saw its number of honor roll members plunge from 10 to 3 after winning the WNIT Championship in April.

In spite of our women's water polo team's run to the NCAA Championship game, Coach Brooks' squad managed to increase its honor roll percentage by nearly 10 points between winter and spring quarters.

As mentioned in the official announcement, 17 student-athletes earned a perfect 4.0 GPA in the spring quarter, and they deserve special mention for their accomplishment:

Finally, although we don't have the opportunity to talk about each of the student-athletes on the spring quarter honor roll, tennis player Kaitlin Ray deserves special recognition for her outstanding academic work. According to the official site:

Women's Tennis player Kaitlin Ray, who graduated after the 2015 Spring Quarter, had the highest cumulative GPA (3.951 in Communication Studies) for a student-athlete who has completed at least two years at UCLA.

Congratulations to Kaitlin, and the other 271 UCLA student-athletes on the Athletic Director's Honor Roll for the 2015 Spring Quarter!