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UNI athletes achieve impressive academic record

July 31, 2003

Colleen Heimstead, compliance/life skills coordinator, intercollegiate athletics, (319) 273-7465
Melissa Barber, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- University of Northern Iowa student athletes achieved an impressive cumulative GPA of 3.06 for the spring 2003 semester. Encompassing 346 students, the cumulative athletic GPA has been steadily increasing for the past several years.

A cumulative athletic GPA over 3.00 is considered impressive, according to Colleen Heimstead, compliance and life skills coordinator for UNI intercollegiate athletics. The average UNI undergraduate has a 2.97 GPA.

Even more impressive is the fact that these achievements have been accomplished without an athletic academic adviser on staff. 'Due to budget cuts, we have not replaced our academic adviser for athletics,' Heimstead explained. 'Most schools our size have at least one, if not two or three advisers. We've been without one for a year, but the coaches have really stepped up to the challenge and made sure academics are a priority.'

The women's volleyball team ranks the highest overall, with a 3.44 GPA. Men's golf is the highest men's team with a cumulative GPA of 3.18.

'I think this says a lot about the quality of our program,' said Heimstead. 'Not only do we offer excellent athletic opportunities, but we also ensure that education remains the highest priority. It's a great advantage to attending UNI.'