"We are excited and pleased with the academic accomplishments of our student-athletes during the Fall semester," MSU Director of Athletics Scott Stricklin said. "It is a credit not only to their efforts in the classroom, but to the importance our coaches, academic staff and counselors place upon academic achievement in athletics at Mississippi State University."
State's men's sport programs posted an all-time best 2.85 GPA for the term, while the women's program averaged a 3.24 classroom mark, its third-highest average in school history.
Men's tennis and women's softball recorded the highest male and female team sport GPAs with 3.52 and 3.45 average grades, respectively.
Additionally, baseball recorded its highest GPA ever (3.35), and men's track posted its second-best semester ever (3.05). Women's track turned in a 3.31 Fall GPA, while six of the seven women's sports eclipsed the 3.00 mark.
Overall, 75 scholarship student-athletes made either the Dean's Scholar (3.5) or President's Scholar (3.8) list. In addition, 161 of the 292 scholarship student-athletes (55 percent) recorded a 3.0 GPA or better during the fall.
The MSU athletic academic office began tracking scholarship student-athlete grades for comparative purposes in 1993.