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NCAA Recognizes Penn State Teams For Academic Achievements

Seven teams were recognized for their academic achievements by the NCAA, and earned the Public Recognition Award for high Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores. The honorees were men and women’s cross country, field hockey, women’s golf, women’s hockey, men’s tennis, and wrestling.

The teams all placed in the top-ten percent in APR scores nationally in their sports. The field hockey team has earned this honor for the last eight years, women’s cross country has earned it for the last five, and both women’s golf and men’s cross country for the last four. More detail on the APR data for all NCAA Division-1 institutions will be released later this month, according to a  press release from Penn State.

The release also detailed some of Penn State’s other student-athlete academic achievements. 101 student-athletes graduated this spring, with 128 graduating over the course of the entire academic year. Penn State set records with student-athlete GPAs during the fall semester — 500 athletes ended with a 3.0 or higher, and 241 made the Dean’s list and the average GPA across the 31 teams was 3.08 in the fall.

In addition to winning an individual national championship, Penn State wrestler Matt Brown also earned the Post-Graduate Scholarship. Brown is the 46th recipient from Penn State to receive the scholarship.

According to the release, the NCAA has recognized a total of 23 Penn State teams with a Public Recognition Award over the past three years. The university has placed fourth or higher in the number of Big Ten teams earning a public Recognition Award in all 10 years of the program.

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Josh Glossner

Josh Glossner is a first generation Penn Stater majoring in print journalism from Bellefonte, Pa. He shares the same birthday as Jon Bon Jovi and Dr. Suess. You can find Josh rockin’ the 50s attire as a server at Baby’s Burgers and Shakes, where his milkshakes bring all the boys to the yard. He enjoys attempting to twerk in what little spare time he has and performs in local drag shows as Carrie Oakey.


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