While the Bobcats have been taking care of business in their respective sports, the athletes were also taking care of business in the classroom. The Bobcat athletic department is reporting that the average student-athlete grade point average during the fall semester was 3.27.

The Bobcat women’s tennis team led the way with a 3.859 team GPA, with the alpine (3.734) and Nordic (3.630) ski teams very close. Of Montana State’s 339 student-athletes during the fall semester, 39 qualified for the President’s List (perfect 4.0 GPA) and 141 finished with a GPA of higher than 3.50. More than two-thirds (68%, 229 of 339) of Bobcat student-athletes finished with a grade point average over 3.0.

“This accomplishment truly exemplifies the meaning of student-athlete and is great to see our academic success mirror our athletic success,” said Montana State Director of Athletics Leon Costello. “I am proud of our student-athletes, coaches and academic staff that have worked so hard to achieve this mark and set the standard for Bobcat athletics and academics.”

After capping a season that encompassed the entire fall semester by advancing to the NCAA FCS Semifinals for the first time in 35 years, the Bobcat football team finished with a grade point average of 2.981. The women’s cross country and women’s track and field teams joined the women’s tennis and alpine and Nordic ski teams as squads over the 3.50 mark. Women’s golf nearly reached that mark, also, with a 3.459 team GPA.