Charlotte, NC – Student-athletes from around the nation contributed to a new NJCAA record as 6,656 participants earned a spot on one of the three NJCAA All-Academic teams. This year's record eclipsed the previous mark of 6,329 set in the 2017-18 academic year.
"Year in and year out, NJCAA student-athletes continue to set a new standard both on the field and in the classroom," stated NJCAA President & CEO Dr. Christopher Parker. "The 2018-19 academic year was no different as student-athletes raised the bar once again to reiterate the importance of academics throughout the NJCAA. As an association, we take tremendous pride in knowing that our student-athletes put their best foot forward each day to become well-rounded members of their team, their campus, and their communities."
Student-athletes are eligible to earn academic honors by achieving an overall GPA of 3.60 or higher. The criteria for the three All-Academic teams are listed below:
NJCAA All-Academic First Team: 4.00 GPA
NJCAA All-Academic Second Team: 3.80-3.99 GPA
NJCAA All-Academic Third Team: 3.60-3.79 GPA
To view a full list of all student-athlete award winners, visit: NJCAA All-Academic Awards
An impressive 1,552 student-athletes were awarded NJCAA All-Academic First Team recognition after achieving a 4.0 cumulative GPA throughout the academic year. Baseball was the most well-represented sport across the NJCAA as 1,439 student-athletes earned a spot on one of the three academic teams. Softball featured the most female representatives with 1,273 honorees.
The NJCAA has been annually recognizing the academic success of its student-athletes since 1983.