Rollins Among Nation’s Best for Student-Athlete Academic Success

Rollins is among 27 Division II schools recently honored with the Division II Presidents' Award for Academic Excellence for achieving an academic success rate of more than 90 percent.

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Rollins recently received the Division II Presidents’ Award for Academic Excellence, which honors schools where student-athletes achieve an academic success rate of 90 percent or higher. 

The academic success rate is the percentage of student-athletes who graduate within six years of initial collegiate enrollment and includes virtually all Division II student-athletes, including transfers and those not receiving athletic scholarships.

Of the schools in the Sunshine State Conference (SCC), Rollins tied Eckerd College for the No. 1 spot with a 95 percent academic success rate. 

Chemistry major Julian Grundler ’18 was one of just 58 student-athletes in the country to receive the prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship and is now pursuing a PhD at Yale. Chemistry major Julian Grundler ’18 was one of just 58 student-athletes in the country to receive the prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship and is now pursuing a PhD at Yale.

“The schools we recognize with the Presidents’ Award for Academic Excellence demonstrate a firm commitment to support the academic success of student-athletes,” says Glen Jones, president of Henderson State and chair of the Division II Presidents Council. “We commend them for their ongoing efforts to provide student-athletes with the opportunity to excel in the classroom, on the field, and for life.”

Rollins has earned the Division II Presidents’ Award for Academic Excellence for eight consecutive years, and Rollins’ student-athletes have posted a cumulative GPA above 3.0 for more than 34 straight semesters. This past year, United Soccer Coaches recognized the men’s soccer team for posting the highest GPA in the country while also awarding a Team Academic Award to the women’s soccer team, whose 3.54 GPA was the second highest in the Sunshine State Conference.

According to the NCAA, Division II student-athletes continue to graduate at a higher rate than the general student body.