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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