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We Are...Accomplished!

  • There are approximately 800 Penn State student-athletes, participating in 31 varsity programs (16 men's, 15 women's), tied for the fourth-highest number of sports sponsored by a Football Bowl Subdivision institution.
  • Penn State is one of 13 Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) institutions that reported they were self-supporting during fiscal 2015-16 (USA TODAY).
  • Penn State annually is ranked in the Top 12 for average home attendance in eight sports, among the leaders nationally.
  • Penn State Football has ranked in the Top 5 nationally in average home attendance 24 times since 1991.
  • When Penn State Football plays at home, Beaver Stadium becomes the 4th largest city in Pennsylvania.
  • With an official capacity of 106,572, Beaver Stadium is the 2nd largest team sports venue in the nation and the 4th largest in the world.
  • Director of Athletics Sandy Barbour was ranked No. 11 on Forbes "Most Powerful Women in Sports," as well as No. 24 on Forbes "Most Powerful People in College Sports" in December, 2015. Barbour was among four FBS NACDA AD of the Year recipients in 2016-17.
Academic Achievement
  • The 89 percent Graduation Success Rate (GSR) by Penn State student-athletes is five points higher than the Division I average and just one point off the school record (NCAA).
  • A school record 114 student-athletes graduated in May, 2017, breaking the previous mark of 109.
  • For seven consecutive years, the Penn State men's and women's basketball and football programs have achieved a Graduation Success Rate at least four points higher than the Division I average for their sport (NCAA).
  • Seven Nittany Lion squads earned a 100 percent Graduation Success Rate in the 2016 NCAA report. The field hockey and women's tennis teams posted their 12th consecutive perfect GSR (NCAA).
  • The men's basketball team has posted four consecutive 100 percent NCAA Graduation Success rates. The squad's 100 percent GSR is 24 points higher than the Division I average and has been higher than the national average for 12 consecutive years (NCAA).
  • A total of 18 Penn State teams earned perfect Academic Progress Rate scores of 1,000 in 2015-16, up from 13 the previous year (NCAA).
  • The women's tennis and women's volleyball teams earned perfect multi-year Academic Progress Rate scores of 1,000 through 2015-16 (NCAA).
  • The Penn State men's basketball team earned a 980 Academic Progress Rate score in 2015-16, up 10 points from the previous year and 14 points higher than the Division I average.
  • Starting with the 2014 fall semester, Penn State student-athletes have achieved the six highest semesters all-time for the number of students with at least a 3.0 grade-point average: 2014 fall (500); 2015 spring (474); 2015 fall (516); 2015 spring (482); 2016 fall (498); 2017 spring (495).
  • During the 2017 spring semester, Penn State student-athletes shattered several school records, including:
    • Combined 3.14 grade-point average;
    • Total of 66 percent of student-athletes earning 3.0 GPA or higher;
    • Spring record 495 student-athletes with at least a 3.0 GPA;
    • Spring record 237 student-athletes earning at least a 3.5 GPA for Dean's List recognition.
  • During the 2016 fall and 2017 spring semesters, a school record 24 Nittany Lion teams earned at least a 3.0 grade-point average.
  • The number of student-athletes earning Dean's List honors (3.5 GPA) during the spring semester has improved by 20 percent from 2013 (189) to 2017 (237).
  • The number of student-athletes earning at least a 3.0 GPA during the spring semester has increased 9 percent from 2013 (450) to 2017 (495).
  • A school record 97 student-athletes were selected Big Ten Distinguished Scholars (3.7 GPA; letterwinner) in 2016-17. The total has jumped 30 percent from 2012-13 (68) to 2016-17 (97).
  • During the 2015 fall semester, a school record 516 student-athletes earned a 3.0 grade-point average or higher - 63 percent of all Penn State student-athletes.
  • During the 2014 fall semester, a school record 241 student-athletes earned Dean's List recognition for posting a 3.5 GPA or higher.
  • A school record 299 Penn State student-athletes earned Academic All-Big Ten accolades in 2015-16 and 2016-17, including record totals among the spring/at-large sports both years (3.0 GPA; letterwinner).
  • Penn State is second among all conference institutions with 5,875 Academic All-Big Ten honorees since 1991-92, its first year of competition in some Big Ten sports (through Spring 2017).
  • Penn State's 198 CoSIDA Academic All-Americans all-time rank No. 4 among all Division I institutions.
  • Five Nittany Lion student-athletes earned CoSIDA Academic All-America honors in 2016-17, the most since 2012-13.
Competitive Success
  • Penn State has won 77 team national championships all-time, including eight NCAA titles in the past four years, and won 104 Big Ten championships since 1992-93.
  • Since winning its first Big Ten Championship in 1992-93 (women's volleyball), Penn State, Michigan and Ohio State are the only conference institutions to win at least 100 Big Ten titles.
  • Since Fall 2012, the Nittany Lions have won 31 Big Ten championships or tournament titles, tor rank No. 3 in the conference.
  • The Nittany Lions have won 49 NCAA Championships all-time to rank No. 5 nationally. Penn State leads all schools east of the Mississippi River in NCAA titles.
  • Since March 2007, Penn State has won 19 NCAA Championships, good for No. 4 in nation (through June 2017).
  • Penn State has won 30 NCAA Championships since 1993-94, its first full year in the Big Ten Conference, easily ahead of the schools in second (23) and third place (14).
  • The Nittany Lions won a school record eight Big Ten Championships or tournament titles in 2012-13 and 2013-14, the most titles of any conference school in both years.
  • Penn State won Big Ten Championships in seven different sports in 2016-17, the most of any conference school. The Nittany Lions' seven Big Ten titles rank No. 3 in school history.
  • Penn State student-athletes have won 143 NCAA individual championships in eight different sports (six individual NCAA champions in 2016-17).
  • Nittany Lion student-athletes have won 242 Big Ten individual championships and 35 relays in nine different sports since 1991-92 (11 individual Big Ten champions in 2016-17).
  • Penn State earned three consecutive Top 10 finishes in the Learfield Directors Cup standings from 2012-13 through 2014-15 and has 11 Top 10 finishes in the 24 years of the Directors' Cup. The Nittany Lions have finished in the Top 10 in four of the past five years.
  • Penn State is among only nine programs nationwide to have finished in the Top 25 in every final Learfield Directors' Cup ranking (23 years).
  • Penn State and Stanford are the nation's only institutions that have finished in the Top 5 of final Learfield Directors' Cup winter standings the past 12 consecutive years (2005-06 through 2016-17).
Community Engagement
  • Penn State student-athletes performed more than 8,000 hours of community service in 2015-16, an average of more than 10 hours per student.
  • Penn State student-athletes, coaches and staff have combined to help raise more than $5 million for three primary charitable organizations over the past 20 years:
    • Nittany Lion Basketball has raised nearly $2.5 million for Coaches vs. Cancer over the past 20 years.
    • Lady Lion Basketball has raised more than $1.5 million for PA Pink Zone over the past 10 years.
    • Penn State Football Uplifting Athletes has raised more than $1.1 million for the Kidney Cancer Association over the past 13 years.
  • Penn State student-athletes annually participate in the Penn State Dance Marathon (THON), the largest student-run philanthropy in the world. Among the roles student-athletes serve at THON are dancers, volunteers, pep rally and event participants. Since 1977, THON has raised more than $146 million for the Four Diamonds Fund at the Hershey Children's Hospital.
  • Since its founding in 1855, Penn State has conferred more than 815,000 degrees with 22,515 awarded in 2016.
  • Penn State is ranked No. 14 among all U.S. public universities in The U.S. News & World Report's "2017 Best Colleges Rankings."
  • The Penn State World Campus is ranked No. 8 for the best online bachelor's programs in the U.S. in U.S. News & World Report's 2017 "Best Online Programs."
  • Penn State World Campus is ranked nationally in the top 10 in six categories of U.S. News and World Report's 2017 Best Online Programs, the most of any institution.
  • Penn State is ranked No. 13 in the U.S. and No. 1 in Pennsylvania by the Institute of International Education for its international student population of 7,728.
  • In 2016, for the sixth consecutive year, Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital ranks among the nation's best U.S. hospitals in five pediatrics specialties -- cancer, neonatology, neurology & neurosurgery, orthopedics, and urology - according to U.S. News & World Report's "Best Children's Hospitals."
  • The Penn State Dance Marathon - THON - is the largest student-run philanthropy in the world and has raised more than $146 million since 1977 for the Four Diamonds Fund, providing financial assistance to families suffering from pediatric cancer.
  • Penn State graduate programs in environmental sciences, geochemistry and geology in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences rank in the top 2 in the nation in 2017, according to U.S. News & World Report.
  • Penn State's Smeal College of Business has the No. 1 supply chain management undergraduate and graduate programs in the country, according to Gartner, Inc.
  • Penn State's College of Communications is the largest accredited program of its kind in the nation, with more than 2,700 students.
  • Penn State student-athletes at the University Park campus graduated at an 89 percent rate, compared to the 84 percent average for all Division I institutions, according to the 2016 NCAA Graduation Rates Report.
  • In 2016, State College was ranked by Best College Reviews as the 8th best college town in the nation.
  • There are more than 670,000 living Penn State Alumni worldwide, including in all 50 U.S. states and more than 160 countries.
  • Penn State Alumni Association membership stands at more than 174,000, making it the largest dues-paying alumni association in the world.
  • Penn State's alumni network was ranked "Most Powerful" in U.S. by College Magazine in 2016.
  • 1 in 109 Americans with a college degree is a Penn State graduate.
  • 1 in 11 Pennsylvanians with a college degree has a degree from Penn State.
  • Nearly 350,000 Penn State alumni reside in Pennsylvania, with graduates residing in every county. The top three counties for alumni are: Allegheny (29,500), Montgomery (27,000) and Centre (19,500).
Updated: August 9, 2017


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