A-10 Commissioner’s Honor Roll Includes 318 Wildcats
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — A record 3,953 Atlantic 10 Conference student-athletes — including 318 Davidson Wildcats — have earned Commissioner’s Honor Roll distinction for the 2022-23 year, the conference announced Monday afternoon.
It’s the fourth year in a row the A-10 has had more than 3,500 honorees.
To be selected, an A-10 student-athlete at a full member institution must have a combined fall and spring semester grade point average of 3.0 or higher for the academic year. Freshmen and graduate students are eligible to receive the award. In each of the last six years, the league honored more than 3,000 student-athletes per year.
This year’s total surpasses the record set in 2020-21 of 3,845 honorees. This year there were 327 student-athletes that achieved a 4.0 GPA, representing over eight percent of the total number of honorees nearly 22 student-athletes per school with perfect GPAs across the 15 member institutions. Two-thirds (a remarkable 66 percent) of the honorees, equaling 2,610 student-athletes, recorded a 3.5 GPA or better for the 2022-23 academic year. Additionally, the average number of honorees per school was 263.6.
Massachusetts had the most honorees with 371, followed by Davidson with 318. Fordham was third with 316 student-athletes honored, and Saint Joseph’s (308) and George Mason (289) finished out the top five. The class is made up of 16.5 percent (653 total honorees) first year students, 22.4 percent (886 total) sophomores, 21.0 percent (832 total) juniors and 30.4 percent (1,202 total) seniors. There were 339 graduate students honored, comprising 8.6 percent of the class. Both the senior and graduate totals and percentages are increases over last year.
The top three women’s sports were women’s cross country/track & field with 493 honorees, women’s soccer (308) and rowing (300). The top three men’s sports were men’s cross county/track & field (384), men’s soccer (312) and baseball (308).
The increases were due in part to the additional of Loyola Chicago to the league as well as the addition of men’s lacrosse as the league’s 22nd championship sports. Men’s lacrosse had 56.2 percent of its student-athletes earn honor roll distinction.
Sports Editor’s note: two years ago – we took the time to highlight the size of the student bodies of schools in the A-10 in an article entitled “Take Time to Do the Math.” At quick glance, the same holds true this year. In 2021, Davidson came in numerically fourth in the number of students on the list. This year they are second. More importantly, the sizes of the student bodies remain relatively similar. As noted then, Davidson has a dramatically higher percentage of the student body on this honor roll.