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 seven Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) institutions that reported they were self-supporting during fiscal 2014-15 (USA TODAY).
  • Penn State annually is ranked in the Top 10 for average home attendance in six sports - the most of any school in the nation.
  • 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 Athetics 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.
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).
  • 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 13 Penn State teams earned perfect Academic Progress Rate scores of 1,000 in 2014-15, up from 10 the previous year (NCAA).
  • Four Nittany Lion teams earned perfect multi-year Academic Progress Rate scores of 1,000 through 2014-15: women's cross country, women's hockey, women's soccer and women's tennis (NCAA).
  • The Penn State football team earned a 993 Academic Progress Rate score in 2014-15, up 25 points from the previous year and ranked No. 2 in the Big Ten Conference.
  • Starting with the 2014 fall semester, Penn State student-athletes have achieved the five 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).
  • During the 2016 fall semester, a school record 24 Nittany Lion teams earned at least a 3.0 grade-point average.
  • During the 2016 spring semester, a spring record 482 student-athletes earned at least a 3.0. The students from all 31 teams combined for a 3.10 GPA. The total included a spring record 224 students that posted a 3.5 GPA to garner Dean's List honors.
  • 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. The students from all 31 teams combined for a 3.11 GPA.
  • During the 2014 fall semester, a school record 241 student-athletes earned Dean's List recognition for posting a 3.5 grade-point average or higher.
  • Penn State leads all conference institutions with 5,654 Academic All-Big Ten honorees since 1991-92, its first year of competition in some Big Ten sports (through Fall 2016).
  • A school record 299 Penn State student-athletes earned Academic All-Big Ten accolades in 2015-16, including record totals among the winter and spring/at-large sports.
  • Penn State's 195 CoSIDA Academic All-Americans all-time rank No. 4 among all Division I institutions.
Competitive Success
  • Penn State has won 77 team national championships all-time, including eight NCAA titles in the past four years, and won 103 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 30 Big Ten championships or tournament titles, good for No. 2 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, tied with Oregon and USC for No. 1 in nation (through March 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 (21) and third place (13).
  • 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 student-athletes have won 142 NCAA individual championships in eight different sports (four individual NCAA champions in 2015-16).
  • Nittany Lion student-athletes have won 231 Big Ten individual championships and 33 relays in nine different sports since 1991-92 (seven individual Big Ten champions in 2015-16).
  • 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 22 years of the Directors' Cup.
  • Penn State is among only nine programs nationwide to have finished in the Top 25 in every final Learfield Directors' Cup ranking (22 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 11 consecutive years (2005-06 through 2015-16).
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 650,000 living Penn State Alumni worldwide, including in all 50 U.S. states and more than 160 countries.
  • The Penn State Alumni Association grew to more than 176,000 members in 2016 and is 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 117 Americans with a college degree is a Penn State graduate.
  • 1 in 8 Pennsylvanians with a college degree has a degree from Penn State.
  • More than 340,000 Penn State alumni reside in Pennsylvania, with graduates residing in every county. The top three counties for alumni are: Allegheny (29,000), Montgomery (26,000) and Centre (19,000).
Updated: March 18, 2017


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