Courtesy: America East Communications

UNH Wins Academic Cup; AE Student-Athletes Earn Record-Setting GPA

Release: 06/30/2016

BOSTON – After a year during which America East student-athletes collectively earned a conference-record 3.15 grade-point average, the University of New Hampshire has claimed the league’s 2015-16 Academic Cup. UNH student-athletes earned a 3.23 GPA to pace America East’s nine member institutions, each of which collected better than a 3.0 GPA last year.

The Academic Cup, established by the America East Board of Directors in 1995, is presented to the institution whose student-athletes post the highest grade-point average during that academic year. 

Need to Know

  • Every America East institution and 75 percent (104-of-139) of its teams averaged better than a 3.0 GPA collectively in 2015-16.
  • America East student-athletes averaged a 3.15 GPA overall in 2015-16, the highest single-year mark in league history and the fourth-straight year a new standard has been set.
  • It’s the 11th-consecutive year America East student-athletes have averaged better than a 3.0 GPA.
  • The Academic Cup is New Hampshire’s second straight and fourth in school history (1998-99, 1999-2000, 2014-15, 2015-16).
  • Academic Cup All-Time Winners

2015-16 America East Academic Cup Standings
Rank  School                      GPA

1.   New Hampshire   3.23
T2. Binghamton 3.21
     Hartford 3.21
4.  Vermont   3.17
5.  Maine 3.16
6.  Albany   3.15
7.  UMass Lowell    3.14
8.  Stony Brook   3.09
9.  UMBC



Sport GPA Champions

Baseball – Hartford (3.25)

Men’s Basketball – UMBC (3.08)

Women’s Basketball – *Maine (3.47)

Men’s Cross Country – Vermont (3.38)

Women’s Cross Country – Vermont (3.64)

Field Hockey – *^Albany (3.55)

Men’s Lacrosse – UMass Lowell (3.34)

Women’s Lacrosse – Binghamton (3.32)

Men’s Soccer – Binghamton (3.27)

Women’s Soccer – New Hampshire (3.51)

Softball – Hartford (3.39)

Women’s Swimming & Diving – ^UMBC (3.37)

Women’s Tennis – Hartford (3.68)

Men’s Indoor Track & Field – New Hampshire (3.23)

Women’s Indoor Track & Field – Vermont (3.56)

Men’s Outdoor Track & Field – Binghamton (3.22)

Women’s Outdoor Track & Field – Vermont (3.49)

Volleyball – Hartford (3.56)

*AE regular-season champion

^AE champion


America East is proud to have one of most comprehensive academic awards programs in the country, which honors over two-thirds of its student-athletes for their success in the classroom. Learn more about the conference's academic awards program. 

About America East: The America East provides its member schools and their athletic programs a platform upon which student-athletes can achieve both collegiate and life success through the promotion and nurturing of athletic excellence, academic achievement and leadership, on and off the field.