In case you didn’t know, UCLA is an elite school both academically and athletically. Although we lead the nation in national championships — NCAA or otherwise — we also lead the nation in number of applicants nationwide.
Because everyone wants to go to UCLA, since it’s a better bang for your buck than any other school in the nation, while also being in a prime location: Sunny Los Angeles, CA.
None of this is better defined as UCLA student-athletes making the Director’s Honor Roll. In fact, 294 student-athletes made the Spring Director’s Honor Roll, bringing the total number of appearances to 864. From UCLA Athletics:
A total of 294 student-athletes earned spots on the Spring Director’s Honor Roll, the athletic department announced Thursday. The number equals the sum on the Winter Quarter list and brings the total for the 2011-12 academic year to 864.
 student-athletes recorded grade point averages above 3.5 and 24 boasted a 4.0 gpa. Women’s rowing boasted the most members for one team, topping the chart with 34, followed by football with 33.
So although our football team hasn’t been all that elite, it’s safe to say that the team produces smart kids at the very least, and many of our student-athletes are on-task academically.
UCLA has some rigorous criteria, too. UCLA’s fight against grade inflation — which is a nationwide phenomena that universities are making it easier to get A’s — has made grading tougher overall, and for 128 students to receive a split between A’s and B’s or more A’s than B’s while also juggling a ridiculous amount of training and work that’s involved with being a student-athlete is incredible.
Here’s a list, via UCLA Athletics, of student-athletes that made the honor roll:
Men’s Track & Field
Victoria Vander Poel
Women’s Water Polo