Courtesy: America East Communications

Record Number of League's Fall Student-Athletes Named to Academic Honor Roll

Release: 02/01/2013
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Six-hundred sixty America East student-athletes whom competed in fall sports earned America East Honor Roll distinction after achieving grade-point averages (GPA) of 3.00 or higher during the 2012 fall semester, the highest total in league history and 68 percent of all fall-sport student-athletes. Over half of those student-athletes (352 total) earned Commissioner’s Honor Roll status for completing the fall semester with a GPA of 3.50 or higher.

“We are so proud that over two-thirds of all America East fall athletes earned honor roll status,” said America East Commissioner Amy Huchthausen. “Achieving a 3.0 grade-point average at institutions as respected as those in our conference is impressive in its own right. To do so while balancing the rigors of being a Division I athlete makes this a truly outstanding accomplishment for so many of our student-athletes.”

University of New Hampshire had the most student-athletes (108) named to the Academic Fall Honor Roll. University of Vermont came in second (77), followed by Binghamton University (76), University at Albany (74), University of Hartford (74), Boston University (69), University of Maine (57), UMBC (52) and Stony Brook University (52). Fairfield University, an associate member for the sport of field hockey, had 14 squad members named to the fall honor roll, while Providence College, an associate member in volleyball, had seven student-athletes honored.

Hartford had the most fall student-athletes on the Commissioner’s Honor Roll (56). New Hampshire (44), Vermont (43), Maine (42), Albany (40) and Binghamton (40) all had at least 40 student-athletes earn a 3.5 GPA or higher during the fall 2012 semester.

Maine had the highest percentage of its fall student-athletes receive recognition with 78.1 percent achieving 3.00 GPAs or higher during the semester. Just over 77 percent of Hartford student-athletes achieved honor roll status, while UNH (.745), Binghamton (.710) and Vermont (.675) all had two-thirds of fall student-athletes listed. Additionally, Fairfield University had its entire field hockey team named to the honor roll, while Providence placed 70 percent of its roster on the list.

The Binghamton women’s soccer and New Hampshire women’s cross country teams had the highest number of honor roll recipients from one team with 29 student-athletes each. The other teams with the highest number of honorees from each sport were: men’s cross country, UNH (15); men’s soccer, Binghamton (19); field hockey, Boston U., New Hampshire and Vermont (15); and volleyball, New Hampshire (13).

The Maine women’s soccer and Fairfield field hockey teams each their entire rosters on the honor roll. The other teams with the highest percentage of athletes on the honor roll were: men’s cross country, Hartford (.800); women’s cross country, New Hampshire (.935); men’s soccer, New Hampshire (.727); and volleyball, Hartford (.923).

America East is proud to have one of the most comprehensive academic awards programs in the country. In addition to the honor roll, an All-Academic team comprised of student-athletes that excel both academically and athletically is chosen in each of the conference’s 20 sports by a committee consisting of faculty athletic representatives, academic advisors and sports information directors. Additionally, a scholar-athlete, someone who distinguishes his/herself as the top student-athlete in his/her sport, is awarded. From that group, one male and one female is selected the America East Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Finally, the Academic Cup is awarded to the school with the highest cumulative GPA among its student-athletes for that academic year.

For more information on the America East Academic Awards Program, including a school-by-school listing of honor roll recipients, log on to the conference’s official website at

ABOUT THE AMERICA EAST CONFERENCE: Into its fourth decade of operation, America East has evolved into one of the most comprehensive NCAA Division I conferences with a commitment to broad-based, competitive athletics programs, complementing the academic integrity and missions of the member institutions. Progressive in its approach to its more than 3,400 student-athletes, America East recognizes champions in each of its 20 sports and also conducts the nation’s most comprehensive academic recognition program for student-athletes. With a geographic footprint covering the Mid-Atlantic to Northeast regions of the United States, America East strives to develop champions in academics, athletics and leadership at its nine member institutions: University at Albany, Binghamton University, Boston University, University of Hartford, University of Maine, UMBC, University of New Hampshire, Stony Brook University and University of Vermont.