We Are...Accomplished!

  • There are approximately 800 Penn State student-athletes, participating in 31 varsity programs (16 men's, 15 women's), tied for the fourth-highest number of sports sponsored by a Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) institution.
  • Penn State is one of 14 Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) institutions that reported they were self-supporting during fiscal 2016-17 (USA TODAY).
  • Penn State Football has ranked in the Top 5 nationally in average home attendance 25 times since 1991.
  • When Penn State Football plays at home, Beaver Stadium becomes the third largest city in Pennsylvania.
  • With an official capacity of 106,572, Beaver Stadium is the second-largest team sports venue in the nation and the fourth-largest in the world.
  • Director of Athletics Sandy Barbour was ranked No. 13 on Forbes "Most Powerful Women in Sports," in 2018 as well as No. 24 on Forbes’ "Most Powerful People in College Sports."
  • Sandy Barbour was among four FBS NACDA AD of the Year recipients in 2016-17 and was among five finalists for the 2018 Sports Business Journal Athletic Director of the Year award.
 
Academic Achievement
  • The 90 percent Graduation Success Rate (GSR) by Penn State student-athletes ties the school record (NCAA, Nov. 2017).
  • A total of 735 Nittany Lion students graduated from December 2013 through August 2018.
  • A total of 173 student-athletes graduated during the 2017 calendar year.
  • A total of 145 student-athletes earned their degrees during the 2017-18 academic year.
  • Nine Nittany Lion squads earned a 100 percent Graduation Success Rate in the 2017 NCAA report. The field hockey and women's tennis teams posted their 13th consecutive perfect GSR (NCAA).
  • For the past eight years, the Penn State men's and women's basketball and football programs have achieved an NCAA Graduation Success Rate at least three points higher than the Division I average for their sport (NCAA).
  • The men's basketball team has posted five consecutive 100 percent NCAA Graduation Success rates. The squad's 100 percent GSR is 22 points higher than the Division I average and has been higher than the national average for 13 consecutive years (NCAA).
  • A total of 12 Penn State teams earned perfect Academic Progress Rate scores of 1,000 in 2016-17. Four of the teams have won NCAA Championships since 2014. (NCAA, May 2018).
  • The women’s fencing, men’s golf, women’s tennis and women’s volleyball teams earned perfect multi-year Academic Progress Rate scores of 1,000 through 2016-17. (NCAA)
 
 
  • Starting with the 2014 fall semester, Penn State student-athletes have achieved the eight highest semesters all-time for the number of students with at least a 3.0 grade-point average: 2014 fall (500); 2015 spring (474); 2015 fall (516); 2015 spring (482); 2016 fall (498); 2017 spring (495); 2017 fall (520); 2018 spring (487).
  • During the 2017-18 academic year, Penn State student-athletes broke or tied several school records, including:
    • Combined 3.15 grade-point average (spring);
    • Total of 66 percent of student-athletes earning 3.0 GPA or higher (spring);
    • 26 teams earned a 3.0 GPA or higher (spring and fall)
    • 520 students earned a 3.0 GPA or higher (fall)
    • 253 students earned Dean’s List honors for a 3.5 GPA or higher (fall).
  • During the 2017 fall and 2018 spring semesters, a school record 26 Nittany Lion teams earned at least a 3.0 grade-point average.
  • The number of student-athletes earning Dean’s List honors (3.5 GPA) during the spring semester has improved by 17.5 percent from 2013 (189) to 2018 (229).
  • A total of 38 Nittany Lion students earned a perfect 4.0 GPA in 2017-18.
  • A school record 97 student-athletes were Big Ten Distinguished Scholars (3.7 GPA) in 2016-17. The 90 honorees in 2017-18 were Penn State’s second-highest total.
  • Penn State had had 694 Big Ten Distinguished Scholars (3.7 GPA) since the program began in 2008-09.
  • During the 2017 fall semester, a school record 520 student-athletes earned a 3.0 grade-point average or higher.
  • During the 2017 fall semester, a school record 253 student-athletes earned Dean's List recognition for posting a 3.5 GPA or higher (minimum 12 credits).
  • A school record 360 Penn State student-athletes earned Academic All-Big Ten accolades in 2017-18, including record totals among the fall (117) and spring/at-large sports (166) (3.0 GPA).
  • Penn State is second among all conference institutions with 6,235 Academic All-Big Ten honorees since 1991-92, its first year of competition in some Big Ten sports (through spring 2018).
  • Penn State's 201 CoSIDA Academic All-Americans all-time rank No. 4 among all Division I institutions.
 
Competitive Success
  • Penn State has won 78 team national championships all-time, including eight NCAA titles in the past four years, and won 107 Big Ten championships since 1992-93.
  • Since winning its first Big Ten Championship in 1992-93 (women's volleyball), Penn State, Michigan and Ohio State are the only conference institutions to win at least 100 Big Ten titles.
  • The Nittany Lions have won 50 NCAA Championships all-time to rank No. 5 nationally. Penn State leads all schools east of the Mississippi River in NCAA titles.
  • Since 2007, Penn State has won 20 NCAA Championships, good for a tie for No. 3 in nation (through June 2018).
  • Penn State’s 20 NCAA Championships since 2007 are double the total (10) of the next highest Big Ten institution.
  • Penn State has won 31 NCAA Championships since 1993-94, its first full year in the Big Ten Conference, easily ahead of the Big Ten schools in second (23) and third place (14).
  • The Nittany Lions won a school record eight Big Ten Championships or tournament titles in 2012-13 and 2013-14, the most titles of any conference school in both years.
  • Penn State won Big Ten Championships in seven different sports in 2016-17, the most of any conference school. The Nittany Lions’ seven Big Ten titles rank No. 3 in school history.
  • Ten Nittany Lion programs finished No. 10 or higher in the rankings or their respective NCAA Championship/football post-season in 2017-18.
  • Penn State student-athletes have won 150 NCAA individual championships in eight different sports (seven individual NCAA champions in 2017-18; six in 2016-17).
  • Nittany Lion student-athletes have won 253 Big Ten individual championships and 35 relays in nine different sports since 1991-92 (11 individual Big Ten champions in 2016-17 and 2017-18).
  • From 2012-13 through 2017-18, Penn State has an average finish of 9.8 in the Learfield Directors’ Cup, improving from an average finish of 14.2 from 2006-07 through 2011-12.
  • Penn State earned three consecutive Top 10 finishes in the Learfield Directors Cup standings from 2012-13 through 2014-15 and has 12 Top 10 finishes in the 25 years of the Directors' Cup. The Nittany Lions have finished in the Top 10 in four of the past six years.
  • Penn State is among only nine programs nationwide to have finished in the Top 25 in every final Learfield Directors' Cup ranking (25 years).
  • Penn State and Stanford are the nation's only institutions that have finished in the Top 5 of final Learfield Directors' Cup winter standings the past 13 consecutive years (2005-06 through 2017-18).
 
Community Engagement
  • Penn State student-athletes performed more than 6,200 hours of community service in 2016-17.
  • Penn State student-athletes, coaches and staff have combined to help raise more than $6 million for three primary charitable organizations:
    • Nittany Lion Basketball has raised nearly $3 million for Coaches vs. Cancer over the past 23 years.
    • Lady Lion Basketball has raised more than $2 million for PA Pink Zone over the past 12 years.
    • Penn State Football Uplifting Athletes has raised nearly $1.4 million for Uplifting Athletes and rare diseases over the past 16 years.
  • Penn State student-athletes annually participate in the Penn State Dance Marathon (THON), the largest student-run philanthropy in the world. Among the roles student-athletes serve at THON are dancers, volunteers, pep rally and event participants. Since 1977, THON has raised more than $157 million for the Four Diamonds Fund at the Hershey Children's Hospital.
 
Alumni
  • There are more than 690,000 living Penn State Alumni worldwide, including in all 50 U.S. states and more than 160 countries.
  • Penn State Alumni Association membership stands at 173,149, making it the largest dues-paying alumni association in the world.
  • Penn State's alumni network was ranked "Most Powerful" in U.S. by College Magazine in 2016.
  • 1 in 111 Americans with a college degree is a Penn State graduate.
  • 1 in 10 Pennsylvanians with a college degree has a degree from Penn State.
  • Nearly 360,000 Penn State alumni reside in Pennsylvania, with graduates residing in every county. The top three counties for alumni are: Allegheny (30,416), Montgomery (28,347) and Centre (20,187).
 
 
 
September 18, 2018