RICHMOND, Va. – In recent years, new standards for success have been established at VCU. But those standards aren’t limited to the playing fields; The Rams are also setting the bar high in the classroom as well. 

During the 2012 Fall Semester, VCU’s 270-plus student-athletes posted a 3.02 cumulative grade-point-average, the highest in school history. It’s the first time in athletic department history that the Rams have topped 3.0 in a semester.

"I am proud of the work done by our student-athletes to achieve unprecedented academic heights. We are living our Quest for Distinction goals of student academic success every day with some of the best and brightest students VCU has to offer,” Director of Athletics Ed McLaughlin said. “This effort shows the emphasis that our coaches and administrative staff put on education and a commitment to academic growth. Sofia Hiort-Wright and her entire staff deserve credit for the work done every day with our student-athletes."

Seven of VCU’s 12 athletic programs posted cumulative GPAs over 3.0, led by field hockey (3.435), men's tennis (3.433) and golf (3.356).

Of VCU’s 270-plus student-athletes, 56.9 percent were named to the Athletic Director's Honor Roll, the highest mark in school history. It was the second straight semester that more than 56-percent of student-athletes posted a 3.0 or higher.