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Over 80 Percent of Student-Athletes Named to BIG EAST All-Academic Team

July 28, 2016


NEW YORK - The BIG EAST Conference announced on Thursday that 203 Seton Hall student-athletes have been named to the 2015-16 BIG EAST All-Academic team. The figure reflects over 80 percent of the Seton Hall student-athlete population from this past academic year.

Nominations for the All-Academic Team are submitted by each of the BIG EAST’s 10 member and seven affiliate institutions. To be eligible for the honor, a nominee must have competed in a BIG EAST-sponsored sport, 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 yet another landmark academic year for Seton Hall Athletics that saw the combined student-athlete cumulative grade-point average climb to a record high of 3.373 while a number of the Pirates' varsity programs and student-athletes were honored for their academic success.

Incredibly, four Pirates programs saw all 100 percent of its student-athletes make the BIG EAST All-Academic team: all 16 members of the men’s cross country team, all eight of the men’s golfers and all seven of the women’s golf and women’s tennis teams. All 14 varsity programs had at least 60 percent of its student-athletes be recognized and women’s basketball (81.3 percent), baseball (85.3 percent), volleyball (85.7 percent), women’s cross country (85.7 percent), women’s swimming & diving (87.0 percent) and softball (90.5 percent) were all above the 80 percent threshold.

The men’s and women’s basketball teams saw huge jumps as they continue to raise the bar for academic success while also reaching the NCAA Tournament on the court. Men’s basketball went from five honorees in 2014-15 to nine this year. Women’s basketball saw a sizable increase in going from eight honorees in 2014-15 to 13 in 2015-16.

Of the 203 Seton Hall members of the BIG EAST All-Academic team for 2015-16, 55 are now two-time recipients of the honor while 38 have collected the award three times. In total, 26 members of the Class of 2016 graduated as four-time members, more than half the number of student-athletes who earned their degree this year.

Thursday’s announcement continues the trend of Seton Hall Athletics being recognized for its work in the classroom. On a national level, six Seton Hall programs - baseball, men's basketball, women's cross country, women's golf, softball and women's tennis - received NCAA APR Public Recognition awards earlier this summer for logging multi-year APR scores in the top 10 percent of their respective sports across the NCAA. All 14 varsity programs posted APR scores above the national Div. I average.