Thursday, June 4, 2020
  Around Campus

By News and Internal Communications

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – A record 219 student-athletes at UTRGV have made the Spring Athletic Director’s Honor Roll by achieving a grade point average of at least 3.0 while serving as full-time students as part of a team during the spring semester, according to the UTRGV Department of Intercollegiate Athletics.

A record 69 student-athletes earned a perfect GPA of 4.0.

Additionally, a record 148 student-athletes recorded a GPA of at least 3.50 to earn Dean’s List recognition.

“This was one of the most disruptive semesters we have ever seen, but our student-athletes were a beacon of light,” UTRGV Vice President and Director of Athletics Chasse Conque said. “Our young people put in a tremendous amount of work, and I couldn’t be more proud of what they accomplished.”

By percentage, a record 89.39 percent of student-athletes earned a spot on the AD Honor Roll; a record 60.91 percent earned Dean’s List recognition; and a record 28.4 percent recorded a 4.0 GPA.

As a whole, the department’s spring GPA – encompassing 243 student-athletes – was 3.48. This is believed to be the highest single-semester GPA in department history. The departmental cumulative GPA now stands at 3.38.

All 16 sport programs recorded team GPA’s above 3.0. 

Women’s tennis recorded a department-best 3.84 GPA. Volleyball was close behind with 3.80.

The men’s soccer team recorded the highest GPA among men’s teams at 3.66.

Women’s track & field had the most student-athletes named to the AD Honor Roll with 35, while men’s track & field was right behind at 32.

Five teams had 100 percent of their student-athletes earn a spot on the AD Honor Roll, including both golf teams, men’s soccer, women’s tennis and volleyball.

The track & field teams had the most student-athletes named to the Dean’s List, with 24 from the women’s team and 23 from the men’s team. A department-best 92.31 percent (12-of-13) of volleyball student-athletes earned Dean’s List recognition.

Women’s tennis was one away from 100 percent, with six of seven (85.71 percent) student-athletes earning the honor. Men’s soccer led men’s teams with 77.78 percent (21-of-27).

The women’s soccer team had the most 4.0 GPA’s with 11, accounting for half of the squad. Men’s track & field was right behind with 10. Women’s tennis had a department-high 57.14 percent (4-of-7) of its student-athletes earn prefect GPA’s. Men’s soccer led men’s teams with 29.63 percent (8-of-27).

Conque said he also wanted to commend UTRGV’s coaches, and the Victory Center staff of dedicated academic advisors.

“Our team worked day and night to make sure our student-athletes, who are currently spread out in different time zones across the globe, had everything they needed to succeed,” he said.


The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) was created by the Texas Legislature in 2013 as the first major public university of the 21st century in Texas. This transformative initiative provided the opportunity to expand educational opportunities in the Rio Grande Valley, including a new School of Medicine, and made it possible for residents of the region to benefit from the Permanent University Fund – a public endowment contributing support to the University of Texas System and other institutions.

UTRGV has campuses and off-campus research and teaching sites throughout the Rio Grande Valley including in Boca Chica Beach, Brownsville (formerly The University of Texas at Brownsville campus), Edinburg (formerly The University of Texas-Pan American campus), Harlingen, McAllen, Port Isabel, Rio Grande City, and South Padre Island. UTRGV, a comprehensive academic institution, enrolled its first class in the fall of 2015, and the School of Medicine welcomed its first class in the summer of 2016.