Northern Kentucky Student-Athletes Continue Academic Excellence in Fall 2021

Northern Kentucky University student-athletes continue success on the field

and in the classroom.

Academic excellence continues to be a tradition among Northern Kentucky University’s student-athletes, a cornerstone reaffirmed in the 2021 fall semester as the Norse registered a department-wide 3.41 cumulative GPA.

“Our student-athletes continue to make us proud,” said Ken Bothof, director of athletics. “Not only did they navigate continued challenges imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic with grace, but they also experienced tremendous success in both the classroom and in competition. It is truly inspiring to watch them excel academically at such a high level.”

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The GPA posted by NKU’s approximately 231 student-athletes this fall underscored a pair of trends:

  • 21 straight semesters with at least a 3.0 GPA
  • 15 straight semesters at or above a 3.2 GPA

Seven programs registered GPAs of at least 3.50, led by women’s tennis at 3.72. Volleyball (3.62) and softball (3.62) were second, followed by women’s soccer (3.59), women’s cross country (3.58), women’s track and field (3.5) and women’s golf (3.5). Men’s tennis registered a 3.47, the highest GPA among men’s programs.

Twenty-eight Norse undergraduate student-athletes qualified for the prestigious President’s Honors List with 4.0 GPAs. Another 77 scored Dean’s List recognition with GPAs between 3.6-3.99.

At commencement this fall, five student-athletes were awarded degrees.

Fall 2021 Graduates:

  • Baseball (1): Andrew Bacon
  • Softball (1): Caitlin Karo
  • Women’s Track & Field (1): Tyra Kennedy
  • Women’s Soccer (1): Megan Patrick
  • Women’s Tennis (1): Margita Sunjic
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