CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- The University of Maine had the fifth highest cumulative grade-point average (GPA) among America East schools during the 2012-13 academic year, as announced by the conference office on Wednesday afternoon. The Black Bears finished the year with a 3.11 GPA.
The Hartford Hawks won the 2012-13 Academic Cup with a GPA of 3.24. New Hampshire followed Hartford with a 3.18 GPA while Binghamton University and Vermont tied for third with a 3.12 GPA. Maine narrowly missed out on third-place with a 3.11 GPA followed by Stony Brook (3.08), Boston University (3.07), Albany (3.01) and UMBC (2.83).
Four Black Bear squads had the highest league GPA in their respective sport. Those winning sport specific titles were men's cross country (3.34), women's cross country (tied with Vermont at 3.51), women's indoor track & field (3.41) and women's outdoor track & field (3.40).
"It is indicative of the hard work put in and the value placed on academics not only by Hartford, but by all nine of our institutions and student-athletes, who consistently excel academically year in and year out, which is a core pillar of this conference and what sets us apart from so many others," commented America East Commissioner Amy Huchthausen.
The Academic Cup, established by the America East Board of Directors in 1995, is presented to the institution whose student-athletes post the highest grade-point average during the academic year.
Eight of America East's nine institutions and 101 of 149 teams compiled grade-point averages over 3.0 in 2012-13 with the league's 3,400-plus student-athletes earning a 3.08 average during the 2012-13 season, the highest single-year mark in league history. In all, America East student-athletes have averaged better than a 3.0 GPA for eight straight years.
America East is proud to have one of most comprehensive academic awards programs in the country. In addition to the Academic Cup, an All-Academic team comprised of student-athletes that excel both academically and athletically is chosen in each of the conference’s 20 sports by a committee consisting of faculty athletic representatives, academic advisors and sports information directors. Additionally, a scholar-athlete, someone who distinguishes himself/herself as the top student-athlete in his/her sport, is awarded. From that group, one male and one female is selected the America East Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Finally, the conference recognizes all student-athletes who achieve at least a 3.0 GPA on its Academic Honor Roll, with those achieving a 3.50 average or better receiving Commissioner’s Honor Roll status.
For more information on the America East Academic Awards Program, including the complete list of all academic award recipients, log on to the conference’s official website www.AmericaEast.com.