Columbus State Awarded PBC Presidents’ Academic Award

Hilton Head, S.C. – For the first time, the Columbus State University athletic department was honored with the Peach Belt Conference Presidents’ Academic Award. The award was presented on Tuesday night at the league’s annual meetings in Hilton Head, S.C.

At the end of the academic school year the Peach Belt Conference asked each of the league’s 14 members to submit an average GPA for the undergraduate student body and a GPA for all student-athletes. These two numbers were used to determine each institutions’ GPA ratio that identifies which school’s athletes are performing most ahead of the curve in comparison to the student body. The schools are not measured against one another, just their athletes to their students. Columbus State had the highest ratio at 1.153, and 12 of the 14 PBC member institutions the student-athletes had, on average, a better GPA than the general student body.

The President’s Academic Award is part of a larger conference program to highlight the accomplishments of PBC student-athletes in the classroom as well as on the field.

"Winning the PBC Presidents' Academic Award culminates a fantastic year for our Cougar student-athletes and recognizes their hard work and results in the classroom," said CSU Director of Athletics Todd Reeser. "This recognition is important for our program and is a team win for Columbus State athletics."

Columbus State posted a 3.0 GPA as an athletic department in the fall and bumped that number up to 3.02 this spring. CSU saw 159 student-athletes achieve at least a 3.0 grade point average in the first semester of the year and well over 100 again in the spring.