The Southern Conference established the academic all-conference teams for each sport beginning in the winter season of 2002-03.
Beginning in 2015-16, teams are selected after the fall (football, volleyball, soccer and cross country) and spring (basketball, indoor track and field, wrestling, baseball, softball, men's lacrosse, outdoor track and field, tennis and golf) semesters.
To be eligible, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.3 cumulative grade point average at the end of the semester of competition and have completed at least three semesters academically. The student-athlete must have also competed in at least one-half of the team's competition.
From 2002-03 through the 2014-15 academic year, teams were selected during the fall (football, volleyball, soccer and cross country), winter (basketball, indoor track and field and wrestling) and spring (baseball, softball, men's lacrosse, outdoor track and field, tennis and golf) seasons. Student-athletes must have carried at least a 3.3 cumulative GPA entering the semester of competition and be at least a sophomore academically. The student-athlete must have also competed in at least one-half of the team's competition. The cumulative GPA was raised to 3.3 from 3.2 in fall 2011, in keeping with the guidelines of CoSIDA Academic All-America honors.
Football had previously established an all-academic team each year from 1974-1987 before the team was discontinued. The team was reinstated beginning with the current program.