Nittany Lions Outrank the Competition in Academic Prowess

Penn State student-athletes – they’re just as great in the classroom as they are on the field, and we’ve got the stats to back it up.

The NCAA reports that 12 Penn State teams earned perfect Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores of 1,000 during the 2016-17 academic year. Plus, one-third of those teams won NCAA Championships since 2014. Additionally, 19 teams either met or surpassed their four-year APR score. The number of Penn State teams who earned perfect multi-year scores doubled over last year, including the women’s fencing, men’s golf, women’s tennis and women’s volleyball teams. Women’s tennis has received a perfect multi-year score for 12 of the 13 years that the NCAA has released APR data. Meanwhile, women’s volleyball posted its second consecutive, multi-year perfect score. The teams that saw the biggest improvement overall were women’s fencing and football.

While all of the above might sound a bit jargon-y if you’re not familiar with college academics or the inner workings of the NCAA, just know that the Nittany Lions are well above national academic averages, proving it’s possible to be both an award-winning athlete and a stellar student, all while receiving the well-rounding experience Penn State provides.

“Balancing a full academic schedule, demanding daily practices, service work and fierce competitions is the challenge for student-athletes, and it’s incredibly difficult,” commented President Eric Barron. “The APR scores are evidence of the discipline, commitment to excellence and the dedication to success that is practiced by our student-athletes and reinforced by the coaches, faculty, advisors and staff who support them…”

The total 12 teams that received perfect APR scores?

  • women’s cross country
  • women’s fencing
  • men’s golf
  • women’s golf
  • men’s hockey
  • women’s hockey
  • women’s lacrosse
  • women’s soccer
  • women’s tennis
  • women’s track & field
  • women’s volleyball
  • wrestling


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