Nittany Lion Student-Athletes Set Records in Classroom this spring

By Adriana Lacy on July 13, 2017 at 12:30 pm
Nov 26, 2016; University Park, PA, USA; The Penn State Nittany Lion performs during a time-out in the second quarter against the Michigan State Spartans at Beaver Stadium. The Nittany Lions won 45-12.
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The Nittany Lions are living up to what it means to be a student-athlete. Not only have student-athletes dominated on the field this year, winning championships and crushing records, they have also been putting in work in the classroom.

The university announced Thursday that Nittany Lion student-athletes combined this spring semester for an overall grade-point average of 3.14, raising the bar from prior GPA records of 3.12. In addition, 66 percent of student-athletes earned a 3.0 GPA, up three percent from the previous record of 63% during the fall of 2015. In an even more impressive stat, 237 student-athletes earned Dean’s List honors this spring, bringing in a GPA of at least 3.5 or higher.

"This outstanding academic performance is a tribute to the efforts our talented and highly motivated student-athletes direct towards their academic pursuits, the priority placed on academic achievement by our coaches, and the support they receive from our outstanding Morgan Academic Center staff, faculty and administration," said Sandy Barbour, Director of Athletics in the same release. "We strive every day to properly prepare our students for what lies ahead. These results make us all proud, particularly our alumni and donors who have invested mightily in that premise."

Academic achievement is not new to the Nittany Lions. The university ranks second among Big Ten schools with over 5,000 Academic All-Big Ten honorees since the 1991-1992 school year, and 18 Penn State teams earned perfect Academic Progress Rate scores.

As Penn State continues its success on the field, the same intensity is also brought to the classroom.