Penn State

Penn State athletes break scoring records in the classroom

Penn State student-athletes broke a new record in the Fall 2014 semester, but it wasn’t on the field, the court or the ice.

An unprecedented 500 Nittany Lion athletes earned a grade-point average of 3.0 or higher. That is 62 percent of Penn State’s 810 students who compete in NCAA sports on university teams.

They broke another school record when 241 of them — 30 percent — made the dean’s list with a 3.5 or higher.

Penn State’s previous record was 468 student-athletes in Fall 2013. The previous dean’s list record was 211 from Fall 2012.

One more record broken was the number of teams involved in those numbers, with 23 of the university’s 31 varsity sports represented.

“This stellar academic performance is a tribute to the effort our talented student-athletes direct towards their academic pursuits, the priority placed on academic achievement by our coaches, and the support they receive from our dedicated Morgan Center staff, faculty and administration,” Athletic Director Sandy Barbour said in a press release.