Published on January 16, 2018 by Joey Mullins  
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Samford University's student-athletes continue to demonstrate excellence  in the classroom, as well as in competition, with 32 named to the Southern Conference's Fall 2017 Academic All-Conference team released by the league Jan. 16.
 
Among Samford's fall sports, soccer has the most representatives on the team with 12. The volleyball team placed seven members on the team, while football had six representatives on the squad.

"Placing 32 Samford student-athletes on the All-Academic SoCon team is a testament to the support our student athletes enjoy from our faculty, staff, coaches and administration," said Harold Goss, associate athletics director for academics and compliance. "It is also a reflection of the importance Samford student-athletes place on their academic experience. Managing the demands of competing in Division 1 intercollegiate athletics along with the academic rigor of Samford is no small task." 

Samford's 32 student-athletes on the team posted an average grade-point-average of 3.59.
 
To be eligible for the team, student-athletes must carry at least a 3.3 cumulative GPA entering the fall season and were required to compete in at least one-half of their teams' competitions during the recently concluded fall campaigns. In addition, the student-athletes must have successfully completed at least 24 credit hours in the previous two semesters.

Samford's athletics teams are ranked No. 1 in Alabama and among the Southern Conference leaders for Graduation Success Rate (GSR) by the NCAA with an average score of 97 percent.  Ten of Samford's teams received perfect scores, placing Samford No. 1 in Alabama and in the top 15 in the nation.

Samford University has 17 varsity sports—eight men's and nine women's—that participate at the NCAA Division I level in the Southern Conference. Since joining the SoCon in 2008, Samford has won 33 league titles. 

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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 2nd nationally for student engagement and US News & World Report ranks Samford 86th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,729 students from 47 states and 30 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 1st nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.