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.
About Samford University – Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,619 students from 44 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.