UNIVERSITY PARK, PA.- Twenty-eight student-athletes in 20 Penn State programs are scheduled to graduate on Saturday, August 13. -22 academic year.
There will be representation from 20 sports at the ceremony this weekend. Men’s soccer and volleyball lead the way with three student-athletes from each set graduating.
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).
Record NCAA degree completion rate
The 2021 NCAA Graduation Rate Report from Division I Institutions Across the Country found that Penn State student-athletes at the University Park campus achieved 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 92% ratio in 2020 and 2021. Sixteen of the 27 Nittany Lions teams (men’s and women’s track and field/cross country teams combined) achieved a graduation pass rate equal to or greater than the National Division I GSR average for their respective sport. A total of 18 Penn State teams have a GSR of 90% or higher.