Broncs Score in Classroom
The Rider University student-athletes compiled a grade point average of 3.09 during the spring 2012 semester, the second best ever in the 19 years this information has been available.
"Our student-athletes continue to achieve at a high level in the classroom, and they should be commended for performing so well academically this past semester," said Greg Busch, Rider Associate Athletic Director for Compliance and Internal Operations.
In addition, 163 student-athletes were named to the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Academic Honor Roll, the third most in the MAAC.
15 of Rider's 20 varsity teams, including all 10 women's, earned a 3.0 or better semester team GPA, with 71 percent of all student-athletes compiling a 3.0 or better last semester.
Women's tennis and women's cross country received Public Recognition from the NCAA for their high Academic Progress Rate, and the wrestling team had the 10th best APR in Division I.
Women's basketball had its highest GPA in five years, while men's basketball, field hockey and men's indoor and outdoor track & field had their strongest team GPA in three years.
Women's soccer produced Rider's first Academic All-American in 17 years and 29 soccer players, men and women, and 26 cross country runners, men and women, were named to the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Academic Honor roll.
"The results for the spring 2012 semester were very strong for both the women's and the men's teams," said Dr. Kelly Bidle, Rider's NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative. "The performance of our student-athletes was yet another strong example of the Department of Athletics' commitment to student success, both in the classroom and on the playing field. Our student-athletes are strongly representative of our overall student population and consistently perform equally well, if not better, as our full-time, day-student population on the Lawrenceville campus."