2015-16 In Review: Academic Success

July 14, 2016

Boise State recently completed another successful year of intercollegiate athletics, highlighted by team and individual conference championships as well as postseason appearances and All-America honors. The department finished the year No. 70 in the Learfield Directors' Cup, the third consecutive top-75 year-end ranking and the school's 10th in the 23-year history of the award. This week BroncoSports.com takes a look back at the year that was. The series continues today with a look at the Broncos' success in the classroom.


Boise State student-athletes completed the 2015-16 academic year with a combined cumulative grade-point average of 3.24, a department record. The cumulative GPA was just one of many benchmarks achieved by the Broncos this past year.

The Broncos' single-semester GPA of 3.17 during the fall was the highest on record, and was followed with the second-highest mark, a 3.13 in the spring. Boise State student-athletes have combined for 18-consecutive semesters above a 3.0. A record 74 percent of Bronco student-athletes earned a semester or cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher during the spring, eclipsing the record mark of 73 percent set this past fall.

Among the individual programs, the football team's cumulative GPA at the conclusion of the academic year (3.12) is the highest on record. The same can be said for men's track & field/cross country (3.17), gymnastics (3.68) and volleyball (3.35).

The gymnastics team's cumulative GPA tied the school record, initially set by the women's golf program in fall of 2014.

The women's track & field/cross country team set a team single-semester record, combining to post a 3.40 in the spring. During the fall, the swimming & diving program recorded the top GPA (3.64) in Division I.

Women's golf and women's tennis each received Public Recognition Awards from the NCAA, ranking in the top-10 percent in Academic Progress Rate scores of their respective sports nationwide. The two programs were also among the three (soccer) at Boise State boasting perfect multi-year APR scores.

Thirteen programs recorded perfect single-year APR scores -- men's cross country, women's cross country, men's golf, women's golf, gymnastics, soccer, swimming & diving, women's tennis, men's indoor track & field, men's outdoor track & field, women's indoor track & field, women's outdoor track & field and volleyball.

Boise State's single-year all-department APR of 994 was a school record, as was the multi-year score of 982.

Individually, 175 student-athletes earned academic all-conference honors, 84 were named Mountain West Scholar-Athletes and 12 were named CoSIDA Academic All-District. One of the all-district nominees, swimming & diving's Samantha Wicks, went on to garner CoSIDA Academic All-America Third Team honors, helping to lead the program to being named a Scholar All-America Team from the College Swimming & Diving Coaches Association of America.

A run-down of individual awards by team for 2015-16 can be found below:

Academic All-America (1)

  • Swimming & Diving -- Sam Wicks (CoSIDA Third Team)


Sport All-Academic (18)

College Swimming & Diving Coaches Association


Women's Golf Coaches Association All-American Scholars

National Wrestling Coaches Association


CoSIDA Academic All-District (12)

Mountain West Scholar-Athlete Award (84) <3.50 or="" higher="">

  • Swimming & Diving (17)
  • Soccer (14)
  • Women's Track & Field (9)
  • Football (8)
  • Women's Golf (6)
  • Men's Track & Field (6)
  • Men's Golf (5)
  • Women's Tennis (5)
  • Women's Basketball (4)
  • Softball (4)
  • Volleyball (3)
  • Men's Basketball (2)
  • Men's Tennis (1)


Academic All-Conference (175)

  • Football (30)
  • Swimming & Diving (22)
  • Women's Track & Field (18)
  • Men's Track & Field (17)
  • Gymnastics (15 -- Mountain Rim Gymnastics Conference)
  • Soccer (14)
  • Softball (13)
  • Women's Tennis (8)
  • Volleyball (8)
  • Women's Basketball (5)
  • Men's Cross Country (5)
  • Men's Basketball (4)
  • Women's Cross Country (4)
  • Women's Golf (4)
  • Men's Golf (3)
  • Men's Tennis (2)
  • Wrestling (3 -- Pac-12)



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