Academic excellence is one of the cornerstones of Belmont University and its Athletics department. The institution has held steady in the Top 5 in U.S. News & World Report’s annual rankings of America’s Best Colleges in the South region. The BU athletic department also celebrated its sixth consecutive year being awarded the Ohio Valley Conference Institutional Academic Achievement Award for the 2017-18 academic year. The award is presented annually to the member institution with the greatest percentage of its eligible student-athletes that earn a 3.25 grade point average or higher for that academic year.
In addition to the Institutional Academic Achievement Award, the OVC also announced the recipients of 16 conference Team Academic Achievement Awards, which are presented annually in each conference-sponsored sport to the member institution's team with the greatest percentage of its eligible student-athletes who achieved a 3.25 grade point average or higher. Women’s basketball received the honor for the fourth time in the past five seasons.
More than 40 women’s basketball players garnered conference All-Academic honors when Belmont was a member of the Atlantic Sun Conference. As the department enters its seventh year of membership in the Ohio Valley Conference, the legacy of excellence in the classroom continues.
The Bruins have garnered four straight WBCA Academic Top 25 Honor Roll finishes, ranking 18th, 15th and sixth, respectively, while sporting an impressive 3.566 GPA over that span. Boasting an impressive 3.591 cumulative grade-point average in 2016, the Bruins finished with the sixth-best team GPA in all of NCAA Division I. In addition, Belmont sported the highest mark of any team to qualify for the 2016 NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament, and was one of only four NCAA Division I programs to be named to the Honor Roll while earning a bid to the NCAA Tournament (DePaul, Green Bay, St. Bonaventure).
Belmont has accomplished that honor in each of the past three seasons.
Women’s Basketball Team GPA
WBCA National Ranking Year-by-Year (Over 340 Division I Programs)
- 2017-18 | 3.595 | 13th Nationally
- 2016-17 | 3.575 | 11th Nationally
- 2015-16 | 3.591 | 6th Nationally
- 2014-15 | 3.501 | 15th Nationally
- 2012-13 | 3.433 | 18th Nationally
- 2004-05 | 3.392 | 9th Nationally
- 2003-04 | 3.325 | 11th Nationally
- 2002-03 | 3.423 | 5th Nationally
- 2001-02 | 3.315 | 12th Nationally
- 2000-01 | 3.280 | 11th Nationally