Despite facing unprecedented circumstances that reshaped the learning environment at Gettysburg College last semester, student-athletes across the whole of the athletics program rose to the occasion in the classroom.
Including cheerleading, all 25 varsity squads produced team grade-point averages north of 3.1 during the fall semester. All but two of the teams surpassed their cumulative GPAs coming into the semester. Nine teams managed GPAs above 3.5 with softball hitting a home run with a team GPA of 3.755 to lead the entire department. Altogether, the mean GPA for the whole athletics department sat at 3.459 during the fall.
“It makes me very proud to see the academic success we had last fall semester, especially in light of all the adversity our student-athletes went through,” said Executive Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Mike Mattia, who noted every team’s cumulative GPA was above 3.0 for the first time in his three-year tenure.
Individually, 516 student-athletes posted GPAs above 3.0 and 325 topped 3.5. An incredible 77 student-athletes notched perfect 4.0s during the fall. Fifty-three fall athletes were named to the Centennial Conference Fall Academic Honor Roll.
The majority of student-athletes found themselves studying remotely following the College’s decision to de-densify in early September after a rash of positive cases of COVID-19 on campus. Only about 200 student-athletes, mostly freshmen and international students, remained on campus as part of the residential cohort.
The faculty quickly and efficiently adapted to the changing environment, providing in-person and remote support to the student body. The coaches and staff in athletics played their role as well, maintaining contact with their student-athletes and keeping apprised of the situation in the academic sphere.
“I am thankful for the great work our coaches and staff did in supporting our student-athletes during these difficult and uncertain times,” noted Mattia. “While academic success for our student-athletes in not new, the resiliency that was shown by everyone makes it even more special.”
In December, Gettysburg announced the decision to continue an in-person, residential experience for as many students as it can responsibly accommodate this spring. Sophomores, juniors, and seniors have been invited back and will be housed primarily in single rooms. Most first-year students will study remotely during the spring semester. The spring 2021 semester is set to start Feb. 1.
This story was originally posted on the Gettysburg College Website.