UNIVERSITY PARK, Pennsylvania. – A record 123 Penn State student-athletes earned All-Big Ten academic honors for Penn State’s winter programs. The 123 winners are the most in Penn State’s winter history, surpassing the alternate ranking total of 106 winners in 2020-21 and the record non-alternate ranking total of 91 selections in the winter of 2018.
To be eligible for All-Big Ten Academic Selection, students must be part of a varsity team, as evidenced by their inclusion on the official team roster as of March 1 for Winter Sports, which are listed in full-time at the institution for a minimum of 12 months and have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher.
Among those on the All-Big Ten Winter Academic Honors list is women’s basketball player Makenna Marsia, who earned third-team CoSIDA Academic All-America honors this winter. In total, Penn State has earned 217 Academic All-America honors in the program’s history.
The women’s swimming and diving team led Penn State for the fourth straight year with 29 All-Big Ten academic winners. The men’s swimming and diving team won 22 winners, giving the program a total of 51 for winter awards. The National Champions Wrestling Program has 18 members of the team on the Academic All-Big Ten roster.
Team by team
Women’s Swimming and Diving – 29
Men’s swimming and diving – 22
Wrestling – 18
Men’s Hockey – 14
Women’s gymnastics – 14
Men’s gymnastics – 13
Women’s basketball – 7
Men’s Basketball – 6
Penn State’s athletic department recorded a record 131 fall winners. The last 123 winter selections bring Penn State’s total number of college honorees to 7,653 since 1991-92.
Penn State Highest All-Big Ten Winter Academic Totals (3.0 GPA):
2021-22 – 123*
2020-21 – 106#
2018-19 – 91
2019-20 – 82
2015-16 – 79
* – Academic record
# – alternate ranking due to the COVID-19 pandemic
Diploma pass rate
Penn State student-athletes continue to record record graduation rates and perform well above their peers nationally. The Nittany Lions posted a record fifth or all-time high academic performance with a 92% graduation pass rate, according to data reported by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).
The NCAA’s annual report on graduation rates from Division I institutions across the country found that Penn State student-athletes at the University Park campus achieved a high graduation rate (GSR) by 92% to tie the school’s all-time record of 92, which was previously set in the 2020 NCAA report. Nittany Lion students posted a 92% graduation rate compared to the 89% average for all Division I institutions for incoming students from 2011-12 through the 2014-15 academic year.
Penn State student-athletes have had graduation success rates in the range of 88-92% in each of the last 15 NCAA reports, rising from 88% in the 2015 report to a record ratio of 92% in 2020 and 2021.
Sixteen of the 27 Nittany Lions teams (men’s and women’s track/cross country teams combined) achieved a graduation pass rate at or above the Division I GSR national average for their respective sport. A total of 18 Penn State teams have a GSR of 90% or higher.
Penn State among the nation’s most comprehensive and successful sports programs
Under the direction of the Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics Sandy Barbour, Penn State has one of the most comprehensive and successful athletic programs in the nation, with 800 student-athletes in 31 varsity programs (16 men, 15 women). The Nittany Lions’ 31 programs are tied for the fourth-most institution-sponsored sports in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS).