Penn State Maintains High Athlete Graduation Rate

Fun fact for you all out there: Penn State athletes actually take classes here too! And as a matter of fact, they do pretty well in those classes, according to the NCAA, which released its graduation rate rankings on Wednesday.

Penn State graduated 90 percent of its student athletes within six years since the start of the 2003-2004 school year, a record for the university and 11 points above the Division I average. The grade was good enough to earn second place in the Big Ten, trailing Northwestern University’s 97 percent. The Lady Lions basketball team proved its grit in the classroom, receiving the highest grade among the major sports by turning in a perfect 100 percent.

One student athlete who will be sure to help aid in improving the graduation rate here is football’s Stefen Wisniewski. Earlier this year, Wisniewski was nominated for the Campbell Trophy, given to the nation’s premiere college football athlete.

Earlier this week, Wisniewski was named a National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame Scholar-Athlete. This award is so prestigious that it is only given to 16 players across all three divisions on the NCAA and the NAIA. Stefan holds a 3.91 GPA in secondary education and truly exemplifies Joe Paterno’s “Grand Experiment.”

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Dan Vecellio

Dan is a graduate student in meteorology, hailing from Bradford, Pennsylvania. His interests include sports, Penn State and commons cheesesteaks. Feel free to contact me through my email or follow me on Twitter.


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