Penn State student-athletes shattered school standards during the 2014 fall semester, including a record 500 earning a grade-point average of 3.0 or higher (previous high of 468 in 2013). Among the 500 Nittany Lion student-athletes earning at least a 3.0 GPA, a school record 241 garnered Dean's List honors during the 2014 fall semester by posting a GPA of 3.50 or higher (previous high of 211 in 2012).
The combined average GPA was 3.08 among Penn State's 31 varsity sports during the fall semester. A total of 23 squads earned a team GPA of 3.0 or higher during the fall semester.
Penn State student-athletes delivered more school record performances during the 2015 spring semester, including a school spring semester record 474 earning a grade-point average of 3.0 or higher; (62 percent of all student-athletes during the spring semester). Among the 474 Nittany Lion student-athletes earning at least a 3.0 GPA, a spring semester record 221 garnered Dean's List honors by posting a GPA of 3.50 or higher.
The total number of student-athletes earning at least a 3.0 GPA increased for the fourth consecutive spring semester (461 in 2014). The previous Dean's List high in the spring semester was 205 in 2014.
The combined average GPA was 3.11 among Penn State's 31 varsity sports during the spring semester, an increase from the spring 2014 (3.10) and fall 2014 (3.08) semesters. A total of 21 squads earned a team GPA of 3.0 or higher during the spring semester.
In October 2014, the NCAA released its annual study of institutions across the nation, which revealed Penn State student-athletes at the University Park campus earned a Graduation Success Rate (GSR) of 89 percent compared to the 82 percent average for all Division I institutions for students entering from 2004-05 through the 2007-08 academic year. The 89 percent figure was second-highest, to Northwestern, among all Big Ten institutions.
The Nittany Lion basketball and Lady Lion basketball teams earned perfect Graduation Success Rates of 100 percent for the second consecutive year. The Penn State football team posted a GSR of 87 percent, up two points from the 2013 report, and tied for its second-highest graduation rate (with 2011).
Seven Penn State teams received Public Recognition Awards from the NCAA for earning high scores in the most recent Academic Progress Rate (APR) compilation. Penn State's men's cross country, women's cross country, field hockey, women's golf, women's hockey, men's tennis and wrestling teams were all honored for earning multi-year APR scores in the top 10 percent nationally for their respective sport through the 2013-14 academic year.
A total to 277 student-athletes earned Academic All-Big Ten selections, the third-highest total in school annals. The top three totals have all occurred in the past three academic years. Penn State has earned a total of 5,041 Academic All-Big Ten honorees during its 22 years of full membership in the conference.
The Academic All-Big Ten performance was highlighted by a school record 70 honorees for the winter sports, with 135 selections for the spring/at-large sports and 72 in the fall. Women's track and field senior Katie Rodden was among 13 Big Ten student-athletes with a perfect 4.0 cumulative grade-point average for the spring/at-large sports.
A total of 69 student-athletes were recognized for the Big Ten Distinguished Scholar Award for earning a 3.7 grade-point average or higher during the previous academic year. The 69 total was second-highest in school history.
A total of 370 awards were presented to Penn State student-athletes at the 28th Annual SAAB Academic Achievement Awards Banquet for the 2013-14 academic year. The 370 awards and 292 student-athlete honorees were the second-highest in the history of the SAAB banquet.