UPLAND, Ind. – For the second-straight year and the third time in the past five years, Taylor University led the NAIA in CoSIDA Academic All-Americans. TU earned 10 awards during the 2015-2016 year, with no other NAIA institution gaining more than eight.
Along with leading the entire NAIA, Taylor ranked fifth in the nation with the third-highest total across all collegiate levels. NCAA Division I Stanford and NCAA Division III MIT led the way with 12 each, while NCAA Division I Minnesota and NCAA Division II Colorado School of Mines followed with 11. Taylor was next, tying NCAA Division I members Navy and Alabama with 10.
The CoSIDA Academic All-America award is designed to showcase student-athletes for their outstanding academic and athletic achievements. Only key contributors to the team with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.30 and above are eligible to be selected for the award.
The Trojans now boast 56 Academic All-American honors, with 50 coming during the past five years. The 10 awards in 2015-2016 were the third-most in school history, trailing the 12 in 2014-2015 and the 20 earned in 2011-2012 when TU lead all colleges. TU has topped the NAIA in each of those three years.
In addition to the 10 Academic All-Americans during the 2015-2016 year, Taylor also garnered 21 CoSIDA Academic All-District nods, 79 NAIA Scholar-Athlete awards and 88 Academic All-Crossroads and All-Mid-States Football Association honors.
TU also saw all 18 teams earn NAIA Scholar-Team status by posting collective grade-point averages of 3.0 and higher for the fourth-straight year. By placing all 18 teams on the list, Taylor led the NAIA in percentage of teams to earn the honor for the fourth-straight year and ranked among the top-five in total number of Scholar-Teams for the fourth-time in as many years.