Since 1952, the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) has honored more than 20,000 outstanding student-athletes with this prestigious award. The program used to select teams from just two divisions -- the University Division, comprised of Division I schools; and the College Division, which included Division II, Division III, NAIA schools, and 2-year colleges. To better honor the diversity of collegiate talent, however, the program was expanded in 2011 to include four divisions: Division I, Division II, Division III, and the College division that includes NAIA, two-year colleges, and Canadian schools.
Each year, the Academic All-America® program, selected by CoSIDA, honors 816 distinguished student-athletes to become part of an honorary team in their respective sports -- men’s football, basketball, baseball, soccer, track & field/cross-country; women’s basketball, softball, soccer, volleyball, track & field/cross-country; and men’s and women’s at-large teams that include all other NCAA championship sports.
To be nominated, a student-athlete must be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) at his/her current institution. - Nominated athletes must have participated in at least 50 percent of the team's games at the position listed on the nomination form (where applicable). In baseball and softball, pitchers must have at least 10.0 innings pitched. Athletes who have not participated in at least 50 percent of their team's contests are not eligible.
No student-athlete is eligible until he/she has completed one full calendar year at his/her current institution and has reached sophomore athletic eligibility. - In the cases of transfers, graduate students and two-year college graduates, the student-athlete must have completed one full calendar year at the nominating institution to be eligible. - Nominees in graduate school must have a cumulative GPA of 3.30 or better both as an undergrad and in grad school. - With the exception of the at-large program, there are no limits in the number of athletes an institution may nominate. However, please make sure the student-athlete is either a starter or an important reserve.
At-large program nominations are limited to four per school per gender (a total of four men's at-large candidates and four women's at-large candidates). If an institution participates in both the college and the university divisions, it may nominate a total of four men and four women between the two divisions. There is no limit to the number of candidates that may be nominated for a particular sport within the at-large program.
Stonehill College's Academic All-Americans®