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UC San Diego received the Presidents' Award for Academic Excellence for the seventh-consecutive year.

UC San Diego Receives Presidents' Award For Academic Excellence


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LA JOLLA, Calif. — The University of California San Diego is one of only 32 schools to receive the 2017 Presidents’ Award for Academic Excellence, the Division II Presidents Council recently announced.

The accolade is awarded for achieving a four-year academic success rate of 90 percent or higher.

The Academic Success Rate (ASR) is the percentage of student-athletes who graduate within six years of initial collegiate enrollment. This includes nearly every Division II student-athlete, including transfers and those who don’t receive athletics scholarships.

UC San Diego is tied for 11th in ASR at 94 percent, and is the only California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) institution on the list. In addition, UC San Diego has received the award every year since its inception in 2011, with its lowest ASR being 93.

The national average for Division II student-athletes who entered college from 2007-10 is 72 percent. Overall, it was an increase of one percentage point from the 2006-09 groups.

“Division II operates with a ‘Life in the Balance’ approach, emphasizing learning, growth and development through academics, athletics, community engagement and post-graduation success,” said Glen Jones, president of Henderson State and chair of the Division II Presidents Council. “Academics is a key component of this balance, and I am proud of the commitment our schools have made to this philosophy and the magnificent achievements of our student-athletes.”

Previously this fall, UC San Diego had 78 student-athletes named CCAA All-Academic for 2016-17. The requirements included maintaining a grade-point average of 3.40 or higher in a minimum of 36 quarter units.

UC San Diego has led the CCAA in All-Academic selections in 11 of the last 12 years.

Below is the full list of Presidents’ Award recipients:

Bentley University 98

Saint Michael's College 98

Point Loma Nazarene University 98

Seattle Pacific University 97

Stonehill College 97

University of the Sciences 97

University of Indianapolis 96

Hillsdale College 96

Thomas Jefferson University 95

Oakland City University 95

Eckerd College 94

University of California San Diego 94

Flagler College 94

Cedarville University 93

Assumption College 93

Bellarmine University 93

University of Sioux Falls 93

Rollins College 93

Rockhurst University 93

Lewis University 92

Concordia University, St. Paul 92

Regis University (Colorado) 92

University of Findlay 91

Barry University 91

California Baptist University 91

The College of Saint Rose 91

University of Puerto Rico, Bayamon 90

Maryville University of Saint Louis 90

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (Florida) 90

Western Washington University 90

Dallas Baptist University 90

Florida Southern College 89


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