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Robert Morris Collects NEC Academic Plaudits

Thursday, June 20, 2013
Pittsburgh -- A total of six athletic programs from Robert Morris University posted the highest team grade point average (GPA) in the Northeast Conference during the 2012-13 academic year, while overall the department posted the second highest GPA among the league’s 12 institutions as the conference announced the 2012-13 NEC Institutional Academic Awards Thursday.

The 20 sports that are members of the NEC from Robert Morris combined to post an overall GPA of 3.271, trailing only Wagner (3.305), which claimed its third NEC Institutional Academic Award and first since 2008.

Taking home NEC Team GPA Awards for the 2012-13 academic year from Robert Morris were men’s cross country, men’s indoor and outdoor track & field, women’s lacrosse, softball and women’s volleyball. The six team GPA awards by RMU are the most by an NEC institution.

The Colonial women’s volleyball squad posted a 3.649 team GPA in 2012-13, the highest among its 23 Division I programs. It also marks the second highest GPA on the academic year in the NEC, trailing only the LIU Brooklyn women’s golf squad, which finished with a 3.762 team GPA.

The RMU softball team compiled a 3.562 team GPA in 2012-13, while the Robert Morris men’s cross country squad finished with a team GPA of 3.467. The Colonial women’s lacrosse team posted a 3.404 team GPA, while the RMU men’s indoor and outdoor track & field squads each finished with 3.299 team GPA’s.

The NEC Institutional Academic Award is presented annually to the NEC member which attains the highest overall institutional GPA amongst student-athletes competing in sponsored sports by the NCAA Division I conference.

The NEC currently sponsors a total of 23 sports: baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, women’s bowling, men’s and women’s cross country, football, field hockey, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s lacrosse, men’s and women’s indoor and outdoor track & field, men’s and women’s soccer, softball, women’s swimming, men’s and women’s tennis and women’s volleyball.

Overall, the NEC’s 4,800+ student-athletes averaged a record-high 3.176 GPA for the 2012-13 academic year, and 11 of the league’s 12 core member institutions finished the year with at least a 3.0 GPA. Similarly, 75.7 percent of NEC teams finished with a team GPA of 3.0 or better.

Robert Morris University, founded in 1921, is a private, four-year institution with an enrollment of approximately 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The university offers 60 undergraduate and 20 graduate programs. An estimated 22,000 alumni live and work in western Pennsylvania.