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ACADEMIC ACCOMPLISHMENTS FOR 2012-13

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  • Senior Petra Januskova (women's tennis) and John Urschel (football) were selected Penn State's McCoy Award and Big Ten Medal of Honor recipients.
  • Penn State student-athletes earned an NCAA Graduation Success Rate of 88 percent compared to the 80 percent average for all Division I institutions for students entering from 2002-03 through 2005-06. The 88 percent figure was third-highest among Big Ten institutions.
  • Six Penn State teams earned perfect multi-year NCAA Academic Progress Rate scores of 1,000. The average multi-year APR score for Penn State's varsity teams was 984, easily above the Division I average of 974. Six Penn State teams earned perfect multi-year NCAA Academic Progress Rate scores of 1,000. The average multi-year APR score for Penn State's varsity teams was 984, above the Division I average of 974.
  • Eight Penn State teams received a Public Recognition Award from the NCAA for earning scores in the top 10 percent nationally in their respective sport in the 2011-12 Academic Progress Rate (APR) compilation. Penn State's eight honored teams were second-highest among Big Ten institutions.
  • A school record 296 Penn State student-athletes earned Academic All-Big Ten accolades during the 2012-13 academic year. The 296 Penn State honorees crushed the previous record of 261 during the 2007-08 academic year. Penn State student-athletes broke the previous school mark for honorees in all three seasons: fall (100), winter (64), spring and at-large (132). Penn State has earned a total of 4,477 Academic All-Big Ten honorees through its 20 years of full membership in the conference.
  • The Penn State football team broke its program record for the second consecutive year and finished seventh among all Football Bowl Subdivision teams with a Graduation Success Rate of 91 percent. The Nittany Lion basketball (92 percent) and Lady Lion basketball (100) also earned GSR scores at least 15 percent higher than the national average.
  • Seven Penn State student-athletes earned Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-America® accolades, including three first-team honorees. Penn State's 182 all-time Academic All-America® honorees are the third-highest total among NCAA Division I institutions.
  • Penn State's African-American student-athletes earned a Four-Year Graduation Success Rate (GSR) of 90% (2002-2005) - 25 percentage points higher than the national Division I average.
  • 19 of Penn State's 25 teams earned a GSR at or above the national NCAA GSR average (track and field and cross country count as one sport overall in the GSR calculation and men's/women's ice hockey were not included in the data released).
  • During the Fall 2012 semester, 211 student-athletes earned a 3.50 grade point average or higher to gain Dean's List recognition. Additionally, during the Fall 2012 semester, 463 Penn State student-athletes earned a GPA of 3.00 or above - 58% of the active student-athletes.
  • During the Spring 2013 semester, 189 student-athletes earned a 3.50 grade point average or higher to gain Dean's List recognition. Additionally, during the Spring 2013 semester, 450 Penn State student-athletes earned a GPA of 3.00 or above - 60% of the active student-athletes.
  • 68 Penn State student-athletes were recognized as recipients of the Big Ten Conference Distinguished Scholar Award (this was year #5 of this recognition program - 283 student-athletes have been recognized over this 5-year period).
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