The UAA Presidents Council established a program of All-Academic Recognition in 1998. Qualifying student-athletes are recognized at the completion of the fall, winter, and spring seasons each year. The honor is intended to recognize the high level of academic achievement demonstrated by student-athletes who effectively balance their significant commitment of time, effort, and energy in athletic endeavor with their highly challenging academic responsibilities.
Within the UAA, All-Academic Recognition is awarded to student-athletes who have completed at least one full year of college study and who carry a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.30. The 3.30 minimum cumulative grade point average is the same academic standard used as a qualifying threshold by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) for the nomination of Academic All-America® candidates in all sports.
Since the inception of the UAA All-Academic Recognition program an average of approximately 58 percent of the total eligible UAA student-athletes — members of all teams who have completed at least one year of undergraduate study — have achieved this honor. Percentages vary by institution and sport with a highs of over 67 percent of eligible players student-athletes receiving All-Academic recognition.