Aug. 7, 2013
SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. - The BIG EAST Conference on Wednesday announced that 171 Seton Hall student-athletes have been named BIG EAST Academic All-Stars. The figure reflects 73 percent of the Seton Hall student-athlete population from 2012-13.
The 2012-13 figures eclipse Seton Hall's excellent academic performance from a year ago when 68 percent of the Pirates' student-athletes were tabbed as Academic All-Stars.
To be eligible for the honor, a nominee must have competed in a BIG EAST-sponsored sport, earned a varsity letter, attained a minimum grade-point average of 3.00 for the preceding academic year, and completed a minimum of two consecutive semesters or three consecutive quarters of academic work, with a total of 18 semester or 27 quarter credits, not including remedial courses.
The announcement caps off an impressive academic year for Seton Hall, which saw its combined student-athlete cumulative grade point average climb to a record high of 3.251 while a number of the Pirates' varsity programs and student-athletes were lauded for their academic success.
The baseball and men's cross country teams paced Seton Hall in 2012-13 with the baseball squad landing the most BIG EAST Academic All-Stars with 21, but the men's cross country squad saw all 14 of its members receive the accolade.
The men's cross country team was also the recipient of a 2012-13 BIG EAST Team Academic Excellence Award for posting the highest collective GPA amongst the conference's peer men's cross country programs.
A total of 10 Seton Hall programs saw at least 70 percent of their student-athletes make the grade including 20 from the women's soccer squad, 19 for the women's swimming & diving team, 15 for softball, 14 from men's swimming & diving and women's cross country, 13 for volleyball and seven from men's golf, women's golf and women's tennis in addition to the 100 percent for men's cross country.
Additionally, 15 student-athletes from the SHU men's soccer team, and four each from the men's and women's basketball programs were named BIG EAST Academic All-Stars. Earlier this summer Seton Hall saw five of its programs, men's and women's golf, softball, women's tennis and volleyball, receive NCAA APR Public Recognition awards for logging multi-year APR scores in the top 10 percent of their respective sports across the NCAA.
It was announced that the men's basketball, baseball, women's basketball and women's soccer teams boasted a perfect APR score of 1,000 during the 2011-12 academic year.
As Seton Hall continues to put an emphasis on the academic success of all of its student-athletes, construction is currently underway for the brand new Charles W. Doehler Academic Center for Excellence, which is scheduled to be completed by late September.
The new state of the art facility will more than double the space for Seton Hall's Academic Advising Department and provide additional private tutoring rooms and study space for all of the Pirates' student-athletes.