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Record 322 Scholar-Athletes Earn A-10 Commissioner’s Honor Roll

by | Jun 23, 2022

DAVIDSON, N.C. – In addition to setting a new school record, Davidson led the conference with 322 scholar-athletes earning a spot on the 2021-22 Atlantic 10 Commissioner’s Honor Roll, as announced by the league office Wednesday.

“We are thrilled to celebrate the sustained excellence of our wildcat scholar-athletes in the classroom,” said Director of Athletics Chris Clunie. “Combined with their amazing athletic achievements, they continue to do athletics the right way.”

This marks the third consecutive year Davidson has placed more than 300 Wildcats on the list.

[Editor’s Note: see the article we wrote last year – it puts these numbers into greater perspective]

Atlantic 10 Conference Press Release
NEWPORT NEWS, VA. – NEWPORT NEWS, VA. – The Atlantic 10 Conference announced Wednesday that an remarkable 3,556 student-athletes received Commissioner’s Honor Roll distinction for 2021-22. This is the third-highest mark in league history and is the third year in a row the total number of honorees has topped 3,500.

There were 281 student-athletes that achieved a 4.0 GPA in 2021-22, representing eight percent of the total number of honorees and nearly two-thirds (an impressive 64.7 percent) of the honorees, equaling 2,299 student-athletes, recorded a 3.5 GPA or better. Additionally, the average number of honorees per school was 254.

On the eve of the 50th Anniversary of Title IX, it’s notable that 65 percent of the A-10 Commissioner’s Honor Roll honorees are female student-athletes. Title IX greatly expanded the opportunities for women in higher education, including participation in collegiate sports and access to fields of study, which is reflected in nearly two-thirds of the honorees being women.

“I commend our student-athletes once again for their dedicated work in the classroom,” stated A-10 Commissioner Bernadette V. McGlade. “It’s quite impressive that through the transition of our member institutions to a more traditional learning environment, (post COVID) over 3,500 of our student-athletes achieved a 3.0 GPA, and 2,299 of those had a 3.5 GPA or better. That’s a testament that academics are a priority for our student-athletes and our member institutions.”

Designed to recognize excellence in the classroom, a student-athlete in an Atlantic 10-sponsored sport must have a combined fall and spring semester grade point average of 3.0 or higher for the academic year to be selected for the Commissioner’s Honor Roll. Both freshmen and graduate students are eligible to receive the award. In each of the last five years, the league honored over 3,000 student-athletes per year. Over the course of the last three years, A-10 student-athletes set honor roll records with over 3,500 honorees each year while navigating the COVID-19 Pandemic and its effect on academics as well as managing societal and mental health challenges during that time frame.

The top three women’s sports were women’s cross country/track & field with 447 honorees, women’s soccer (351 honorees) and rowing (316 honorees). The top three men’s sports are men’s cross county/track & field (341 honorees), baseball (281 honorees) and men’s soccer (259 honorees).

Davidson had the most honorees with 322, followed by George Mason with 291. Fordham was third with 290 student-athletes honored, and Saint Joseph’s (284) and Rhode Island (262) finished out the top five. The class is made up of 16.5 percent (587 total honorees) freshmen, 22.6 percent (803 total) sophomores, 23.7 percent (844 total) juniors and 29.2 percent (1,039 total) seniors. There were 281 graduate students honored, comprising 7.9 percent of the class. Both the senior and graduate totals and percentages are increases over last year.

Fast Facts

  • We have 3,556 honorees this year, an average of 254 per school.
  • This is the third-highest ever (record is 3,836 last year).
  • 281 of the honorees had 4.0 GPAs (representing 7.9 percent of the total number of honorees)
  • 2,299 had a 3.5 or better GPA (representing 64.7 percent of the total number of honorees)
  • Davidson had the most honorees with 322, followed by Mason (291), Fordham (290), Saint Joseph’s (284) and Rhode Island (262).
  • Women’s Track and Field had the most with 447, followed by women’s soccer (351), Men’s Track and Field (341), Rowing (316) and Baseball (281)

The class was made up of: 

  • 587 Freshmen
  • 803 Sophomores
  • 844 Juniors
  • 1,039 Seniors
  • 281 Graduate students

About the Atlantic 10 Conference
The Atlantic 10 Conference was founded in 1975 and consists of 14 diverse members across eight states and Washington, D.C. The mission of the Atlantic 10 is to provide an enhanced student-athlete experience through 21 nationally competitive championship sports. The basketball-centric conference is committed to integrity, educational excellence and providing quality equitable championship experiences for its student-athletes, coaches, and support staff. The membership consists of Davidson College, the University of Dayton, Duquesne, University, Fordham University, George Mason University, The George Washington University, La Salle University, the University of Massachusetts, the University of Rhode Island, University of Richmond, St. Bonaventure University, Saint Joseph’s University, Saint Louis University and Virginia Commonwealth University. For more information, visit

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