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ACADEMIC ACCOMPLISHMENTS FOR 2013-14

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  • Senior guard John Urschel, a 4.0 GPA student, capped his brilliant career by being selected the winner of the 84th Annual AAU Sullivan Award, presented to the nation's premier amateur athlete. Urschel also was the recipient of the Campbell Trophy as the nation's premier college football student-athlete and the Senior CLASS Award for college football. Urschel, who earned a master's degree in math, also was an AP third-team All-American and a first-team CoSIDA Academic All-American for the second consecutive year.
  • The women's tennis team is one of only 146 teams among the 6,450 eligible (2.3 percent) that has earned eight consecutive Public Recognition Awards since the program began with APR data from 2004-05.
  • The NCAA reported that Penn State student-athletes earned an 88% Graduation Success Rate (GSR) - 7 percentage points higher than the national Division I average..
  • Penn State student-athletes in the class of 2006-2007 earned a Federal Graduation Rate of 77% - 12 percentage points higher than the national Division I average.
  • Penn State student-athletes earned a Four-Year Federal Graduation Rate of 78% (2003-2006) - 13 percentage points higher than the national Division I average.
  • Penn State's African-American student-athletes earned a Four-Year Graduation Success Rate (GSR) of 88% (2003-2006) - 22 percentage points higher than the national Division I average.
  • 20 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 2013 semester, 197 student-athletes earned a 3.50 grade point average or higher to gain Dean's List recognition.
  • During the Spring 2014 semester, 205 student-athletes earned a 3.50 grade point average or higher to gain Dean's List recognition.
  • Additionally, during the Spring 2014 semester, 461 Penn State student-athletes earned a GPA of 3.00 or above - 62% of the active student-athletes.
  • Through (21) years of full membership in the Big Ten Conference, 4,762 Penn State student-athletes have been recognized as Academic All-Big Ten Conference honorees.
  • 73 Penn State student-athletes were recognized as recipients of the Big Ten Conference Distinguished Scholar Award (this was year #6 of this recognition program - 356 student-athletes recognized over this 6-year period).
  • 24 of Penn State's 31 varsity teams earned a four-year Academic Progress Rate (APR) at or above the NCAA Division I average for all sports - 8 teams (field hockey, men's cross country, women's cross country, women's golf, men's tennis, women's tennis, men's indoor track and field, and men's outdoor track and field) received NCAA public recognition for having team APRs in the top 10% nationally for their respective sports.
  • A school record 468 student-athletes earned a 3.0 grade-point average or higher during the 2013 fall semester; 59 percent of all Penn State student-athletes.
  • A total of 285 Penn State student-athletes earned Academic All-Big Ten honors during the 2013-14 season (84, fall; 65, winter; 136 at-large/spring). The 285 honorees were second-highest all-time. Penn State's 65 winter honorees and 136 spring honorees were school records, while the fall honorees marked the Nittany Lions' second-highest all-time. Penn State has earned a total of 4,762 Academic All-Big Ten honorees through its 21 years of full membership in the conference.
  • Three Penn State student-athletes earned Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-America® accolades, including first-team honorees David Taylor, John Urschel and Katie Slay, who was selected the Academic All-American of the Year for women's volleyball. Penn State has had 186 Academic All-America® honorees all-time, the nation's third-highest total among Division I institutions.
  • For the second consecutive year, six Penn State squads earned perfect multi-year APR scores of 1,000: field hockey, men's cross country, women's cross country, women's golf, men's tennis and women's tennis. The average multi-year APR score for Penn State's 31 varsity teams is 984, easily above the Division I average of 976, according to NCAA.
  • The NCAA announced that eight Nittany Lion squads have multi-year APR scores that rank in the Top 10 percent nationally for their respective sport: field hockey, men's cross country, women's cross country, women's golf, men's indoor track and field, men's outdoor track and field, men's tennis, women's tennis. Those eight squads earned NCAA Public Recognition Awards for their superlative APR scores.
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