Published on July 10, 2018 by Joey Mullins  
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The Southern Conference released its academic honor roll for the 2017-18 academic year on July 10, and 202 Samford student-athletes were named to the list.
 
Samford's 202 student-athletes are up from the 196 Samford placed on the honor roll last season, and this marks the third-straight year Samford's number of honorees has increased.
 
The academic honor roll originated in 1988-89, when SoCon athletic directors established the award as a way to recognize the league's outstanding student-athletes. The academic honor roll consists of student-athletes who participated in varsity sports and posted a 3.0 grade point average or higher, were eligible the entire academic year and were members of the final squad lists.
 
A total of 50 Samford student-athletes earned the Commissioner's Medal, which goes to student-athletes with a 3.8 or higher GPA. Additionally, 13 Bulldogs earned perfect 4.0 GPAs during the 2017-18 academic year.
 
Of the 2,207 student-athletes on the list, 525 earned the Commissioner's Medal. This year's total is the most since that standard rose from 3.5 beginning in 2015-16.
 
A league-record 178 student-athletes boasted perfect 4.0 GPAs in 2017-18, marking the fourth straight season that a new mark has been established. Each of the league's full members had at least seven student-athletes with 4.0 GPAs, led by Mercer with 33, Chattanooga with 26 and Western Carolina with 23.
 
Click on the link below to see a full list of this year's academic honor roll.
 
2017-18 SOCON ACADEMIC HONOR ROLL
 
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.