Men's and women's basketball, men's and women's soccer, men's and women's track & field, men's and women's baseball, women's softball, men's football, women's volleyball, and men's and women's at-large teams all received one Academic All-American of the Year in both the College and University divisions. There were also two Senior Academic All-Americans selected: a men's and women's tennis player and a men's cross country runner.
In addition to these eight players, six other athletes were named as Senior Academic All-Americans: a men's indoor track & field athlete, a men's outdoor track & field athlete, a men's bowling player, a men's rugby player, a men's lacrosse player, and a men's ice hockey player.
Of the 24 total players named as Academic All-Americans, 19 played for men's teams and 5 played for women's teams. No player was named as an Academic All-American for more than one team. No coach has been named as either a Senior or Academy Award winner since John Madden and Jim Sweeney were given the honor for men's basketball in 1989.
Academic All-Americans are chosen by members of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)'s Division I Committee on Athletics Men's Basketball and Football Programs. The committee selects academic all-Americans as well as other national awards each year.
In the United States, colleges and universities often form conferences for regular play under distinct regulating organizations. College and university varsity teams are governed by a number of national and regional bodies. Among these are the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), which controls men's basketball, football, and baseball; the Women's National Collegiate Athletic Association (WNCCAA), which governs women's basketball, soccer, and volleyball; and the Division I Men's Basketball Association (DMBA), which oversees men's basketball at primarily large research institutions.
There are more than 100 such conferences, with several new ones forming every year. Some conferences have formal rules or regulations that govern the amount of competition that can take place between members of the conference, whether it be an entire sport or only certain events within those sports. Others operate under a "self-imposed" restriction on the number of games that can be played against outside teams.
For example, the Ivy League limits the number of games played each season to four. A team that finishes first in its division will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, while the second-place team will need to win its series to secure a spot. If there is a three-way tie at the end of the season, then each school plays another game to determine who advances to the next year's tournament.
After the 2017-18 school year, the College Division was further divided with the formation of a separate NAIA division. Regional Academic All-District honors are selected in each program, with first-team All-District honorees qualifying for Academic All-America team selections.
The Atlantic Coast Conference has the most All-Americans with 28 members in the conference. The Big 12 Conference is second with 20 members. The Pac-12 and Southeastern Conferences have 11 members each while the Western Athletic Conference has 10 members.
In addition to being named an All-American, a student-athlete can be awarded special recognition by his or her university. These awards include:
• John Mackey Award - given to the player of the year by football media members who cover the MAC. The award is given out by the media members who vote on their favorite player. A panel of judges also votes on players from other conferences. The winner is announced at the end of November. John Mackey was a former Central Michigan University football player and coach.
• Lou Zirkle Award - given to the player who best demonstrates courage, character, and enthusiasm for basketball. The award is presented by the National Association of Basketball Coaches to one male and one female student-athlete at its annual convention. The winners are determined by voting members of the association.
American University has a Learfield Score of 50.5. American University has 303 student athletes competing in 12 sports: 132 men and 171 women. The university's overall athletic participation rate is 70.9%.
The number of student athletes at American University has increased by 6% since 2003. There were 307 student athletes during that year. The total number of students at American University was 5,081 then.
American University began offering athletics programs in 1964. Men's basketball was the first team formed that year. The men's basketball team went on to have two undefeated seasons in the 1965-66 and 1966-67 school years. The football team has had success as well with three Southern Conference titles and an appearance in the 1975 Cotton Bowl. Women's basketball has also been very successful with four Southern Conference titles in six years from 1971 to 1976. American University's other teams include baseball, cross country, golf, soccer, swimming, tennis, and track and field.
There are 12 coaches at American University who receive compensation. They make $500,000 or more per year. Three of the coaches work for free because they are paid out of school funds rather than through the athletic department. The others make between $100,000 and $250,000 per year.