RICHMOND, Va. – At last week’s press conference to announce the university’s move to the Atlantic 10 Conference, VCU President Dr. Michael Rao spoke about the raised expectations that the near 275 student-athletes at VCU would face with the transition. Those expectations would come both on the field and in the classroom.

Those student-athletes are headed into the A-10 on a record-breaking note academically. During the 2012 spring semester, a record-high of 56.8% of the student-athletes earned a spot on the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll, which recognizes students with a 3.0 grade-point-average or higher.

Over 50 of those earned Dean’s List accolades (3.5 GPA or higher), which is over 20% of the student-athletes that make up Ram Nation.  

“As our university and athletic department continue to evolve, greater expectations and standards are instilled on our student-athletes. Semester after semester they continue to not only meet those expectations, but surpass them,” Assoc. Athletic Director and Associate Dean for Student Services Sofia Hiort-Wright said. “We had yet another record-breaking academic semester and knowing the type of student-athletes that continue to join our athletic department, I fully expect this trend to continue.”

Two particular programs enjoyed great success with the field hockey team placing 18 of their 20 student-athletes on the AD’s Honor Roll, while the men’s basketball team saw eight of their 13 players earn AD Honor Roll status.

The Rams had nearly 30 student-athletes cross the stage and earn their diplomas this year.