Published on January 25, 2016 by Joey Mullins  
Academic All Conference
Samford University placed 27 student-athletes on the Southern Conference’s fall Academic All-Conference team, released recently by the league.
 
Among Samford’s fall sports, soccer has the most representatives on the team with 10. The football and volleyball teams placed six members each on the team.
 
As a league, the eight football teams led the way with 80 Academic All-Conference selections, while the 10 women’s soccer schools were second with 73 and the nine volleyball programs were third with 48.
 
Samford’s 27 student-athletes on the team posted an average grade point average of 3.55.
 
To be eligible for the team, student-athletes must carry at least a 3.3 cumulative GPA entering the fall season and are required to compete in at least one-half of their teams’ competitions during the recently concluded fall campaign. In addition, the student-athletes must have successfully completed at least 24 credit hours in the previous two semesters.
 
Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 37th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 97th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,758 students from 48 states and 22 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.