Though finding free time during the day might seem impossible during seasons, Bonnies are finding a way to be successful on the field, court and in the classroom.
In fact, last spring marked the 24th consecutive semester that St. Bonaventure student-athletes have produced a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher across all programs — most recently a sparkling average of 3.26. As of the spring 2017 semester, 73 percent of Bonnies student-athletes had a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better while 48 percent of the university’s 273 student-athletes were honored as members of the Atlantic 10 Commissioner’s Honor Roll with cumulative GPAs of 3.50 or better. With 134 student-athletes honored by the Atlantic 10, St. Bonaventure registered a total higher than that of the league average despite being the league’s second-smallest member by enrollment.
“We are here to develop our students. Our students work with our academic support staff in making sure they are taking the classes they need and balancing the work in the classroom with their practice and travel schedules.”
~ Athletics Director Tim Kenney
The Bonnies are also impressing on a national level. The women’s basketball program was best in the Atlantic 10 and ranked 18th last year in the nation in team GPA (3.527), the 10th time since 2002-03 that program has ranked in the nation’s top 25. Women’s swimming and diving led the A-10 and stood 15th in all of Division I with a 3.57 team GPA last year.
In addition, six Bonnies programs — women’s basketball, golf (3.559), men’s soccer (3.405), women’s soccer (3.374), women’s cross country (3.518) and women’s tennis (3.108) — were all honored by the NCAA last spring for being in the top 10 percent of their respective sports in Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores for the 2015-16 academic year.
“What the numbers really tell you is our student-athletes are going above and beyond,” Kasperski said. “The Atlantic 10 is a great academic conference. They pride themselves on being competitive in sports, but also being outstanding academically.”
The success isn’t limited to a few individuals on given teams – 12 of St. Bonaventure’s athletic teams boasted a cumulative team GPA of more than 3.20 during the 2016-17 academic year while Bonnies student-athletes had a 91 percent graduation success rate.
The rise in student-athlete GPA has correlated with a sizable increase in the number of Bonnies athletes in recent years. In the past five years, the number of student-athletes on campus has risen from just more than 230 to 275 this fall. It’s a number that will continue to swell with the addition of Division I men’s lacrosse pushing the total to more than 300 next year.
“Our coaches recruit strong students and our resources on campus are outstanding,” said Heather McDivitt, assistant athletic director for academic support and student services. “We have an administration that cares about every student and wants them to be successful. It’s never about just being eligible, it’s about being recognized as having the top GPAs in the Atlantic 10 and in the nation.”