ST. LOUIS – Saint Louis University student-athletes registered a department-record 3.45 aggregate grade point average in the spring 2017 semester, SLU's Department of Athletics announced today.

Combining the 3.45 GPA with the 3.37 mark posted last fall, SLU student-athletes recorded a 3.41 aggregate GPA for the 2016-17 academic year.

“When I heard the news regarding our student-athletes' impressive academic achievements, I was impressed, but I was not at all surprised,” SLU President Fred Pestello, Ph.D., said. “We take the term ‘student-athlete' seriously, and our dedicated faculty and staff support these talented students every step of the way.”

“I could not be more proud of our student-athletes for their performance in the classroom,” SLU Director of Athletics Chris May said. “We talk daily about educating our student-athletes as it is our department's primary objective. They clearly dedicate themselves each and every day to our departmental values, and that shows in this academic performance.

“I would like to express my gratitude to the outstanding SLU faculty, staff, athletics department staff and coaches who worked together to deliver this success,” May said. “Our athletics program has had the fortune to realize many great achievements in our core objectives of educating, competing and building community. The results in the classroom this spring rank among the most notable of those achievements.”

Here is more information on the academic performance of Billiken student-athletes:

– 81 percent (258 total) of Billiken student-athletes recorded a 3.0 GPA or greater during the spring. 49 percent (156 total) had a 3.5 GPA or greater.

– 61 student-athletes had straight A's during the spring 2017 semester.

– 61 student-athletes earned their degree during the 2016-17 academic year.

– Every team recorded a 3.0 GPA or greater in the spring 2017 semester – the highest being a 3.66 GPA by the women's cross country team. Also exceeding a 3.5 GPA for the semester were women's soccer (3.65), women's track and field (3.58), women's tennis (3.58), women's basketball (3.57), softball (3.55), men's tennis (3.51) and women's swimming and diving (3.50).