Penn State student-athletes achieve record spring semester

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pennsylvania. – Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics students continued to impress with record class performances in the 2022 spring semester. The Nittany Lions had spring records (non-alternative scoring) with 546 students (68%) with an average 3.0 semester GPA and 284 Dean’s List winners (3.5 semester GPA; 35.3%) in the spring.

Additionally, 80 students concluded the spring semester with a 4.0 semester GPA with six of those students carrying a cumulative GPA of 4.0. Students who possess a perfect cumulative GPA of 4.00 are: Molly Carson (women’s swimming and diving), Connor McMenamin (men’s athletics), Amanda Poorbaugh (women’s soccer), Julia Raich (women’s soccer), Margery Schnarrs (field hockey ) and Claire Swedberg (softball).

Overall, Penn State student-athletes had a 3.21 semester GPA in the spring with 26 Nittany Lion teams recording at least a 3.0 GPA. Penn State student-athletes also have a 3.30 GPA.

Notable figures from the spring semester 2022:

Cumulative grade point average of 3.21 semesters
3.30 Cumulative GPA
546 student-athletes with 3.0 semester GPA
284 student-athletes on Dean’s List (3.5 GPA with 12 credits)
80 student-athletes with a GPA of 4.0 semesters
26 teams (out of 31 total) with a GPA of 3.0 or higher

“Another record-breaking semester has ended and I couldn’t be more proud of our students, who continue to dominate in class and in competition. I’ve said it over and over again, our students are the epitome of a STUDENT- athlete,” said the vice president for Intercollegiate Athletics Sandy Barbour. “Penn State’s academic diligence and unwavering expectations are part of the formula for ‘preparing students for a life of impact.'” Every member of the Penn State family understands that academic excellence is non-negotiable. Our students “, coaches, teachers, Morgan Academic Center staff and all who supported them deserve full credit for these fabulous results. We have a proud tradition of success in the classroom, and I know it will continue.”

Over 500 Nittany Lion students earn at least 3.0 GPA for fourth consecutive spring semester

Five hundred and forty-six Nittany Lion students posted a GPA of 3.0 or higher, marking the fourth consecutive spring semester with at least 500 Nittany Lion students earning a 3.0 semester GPA. The Nittany Lions had 505 students with a 3.0+ GPA as of Spring 2019, 694 students had a 3.0+ GPA as of Spring 2020, and 682 students had at least a 3.0 as of Spring 2021. Additionally, Russ Mushinsky, Principal of the Morgan Academic Center, reported that 284 student-athletes achieved Dean’s List status by posting at least 3.5 GPA (minimum 12 credits) during the spring semester.

Twenty-six of Penn State’s 31 teams have posted a team GPA of 3.00 or higher. A total of 68% of the 805 student-athletes enrolled in the spring earned a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Women’s soccer boasts highest team GPA
The women’s soccer team recorded the highest team GPA among Penn State’s 31 spring programs with a GPA of 3.71, followed by women’s lacrosse (3.67), women’s gymnastics (3 .65) and women’s swimming and diving (3.57). Men’s cross country had the highest GPA among men’s programs at a 3.50.

Student-athletes with 3.0 GPA or higher; Spring semester, 2018-22

Spring 2022 – 546 (Spring record)
Spring 2021 – 682*
Spring 2020 – 694*
Spring 2019 – 505
Spring 2018 – 487
* – alternative classification used due to the COVID-19 pandemic

Student-athletes with Dean’s List honors; Spring semester, 2018-22
(3.5 GPA or higher; minimum 12 credits)

Spring 2022 – 284 (Spring record)
Spring 2021 – 299*
Spring 2020 – 426*
Spring 2019 – 245
Spring 2018 – 229
* – alternative classification used due to the COVID-19 pandemic

Penn State among the top athletic programs in the nation for overall excellence

Penn State has one of the most comprehensive and successful athletic programs in the nation, with 800 student-athletes in 31 varsity programs (16 male, 15 female). The Nittany Lions’ 31 programs are tied for the fourth-most institution-sponsored sports in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS).

Nittany Lion students posted an NCAA graduation pass rate (GSR) of 92%, a program record, in the most recent report. Ten teams earned a 100% graduation rate in the 2021 NCAA Graduation Rate Report. A total of 18 Penn State teams have a GSR of 90% or higher. The Nittany Lions rank 4th among all Division I schools with 218 all-time CoSIDA Academic All-Americans.

Penn State student-athletes have led the athletics department to 47 Big Ten championships and nine NCAA national championships since October 2013. Penn State is one of five schools to have won at least 10 NCAA championships since 2012 and obtained at least 90% diplomas. Success rate in the 2021 NCAA report (Stanford, Florida, USC, Virginia).