July 3, 2013

NOTRE DAME, Ind. — Whether it be Federal Graduation rates, Academic Progress Rate (APR) statistics or Graduation Success Rate (GSR) figures, Notre Dame ranks among the national leaders in performance of its student-athletes in the classroom. Notre Dame also stands near the top in the number of Academic All-American accolades its student-athletes receive each year.

During the 2012-13 school year, eight Irish student-athletes were honored as Capital One Academic All-Americans by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). That’s the most student-athletes to receive Academic All-America® citations since the 2008-09 school year.

The eight honorees this past year were: Greg Andrews (men’s tennis), Ashley Armstrong (women’s golf), Mike Golic, Jr. (football), Logan Renwick (men’s track and field), Harrison Shipp (men’s soccer), Manti Te’o (football), Rebecca Tracy (women’s cross country/track and field) and Elizabeth Tucker (women’s soccer).

CoSIDA conducts the selection process for Academic All-Americans annually. Teams are named in baseball, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, football, men’s soccer, women’s soccer, softball, men’s track/cross country, women’s track/cross country and women’s volleyball, with men’s and women’s at-large teams being named for other sports. Capital One serves as the program’s title sponsor.

Currently, Notre Dame ranks second all-time with 231 Academic All-Americans, trailing only Nebraska’s 307. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is third with 204, followed by Penn State (182) and Stanford (176) rounding out the top five.

In addition, Notre Dame ranks in the top-10 in several different sports. The Irish have had more Academic All-Americans than any other school in baseball and women’s soccer while also holding down the top-10 in football (third), men’s at-large (third), softball (tied for sixth), men’s basketball (tied for ninth) and men’s cross country/track and field (tied for ninth).

Since 2000, Notre Dame ranks third in the number of student-athletes who have earned Academic All-American® honors with 105.

To be eligible for Academic All-America status, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have received sophomore athletic and academic standing at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her communications office. Since 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 14,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and a College Division team comprised of NAIA, Canadian and two-year institutions.

Total Academic All-America Selections1. Nebraska                   3072. Notre Dame                             2313. MIT                        2044. Penn State                     1825. Stanford                       1766. Augustana (Ill.)                   1467. Emory                      1448. Nebraska Wesleyan                  1429. Florida                            12710. Bucknell                      125
Division I1. Nebraska 3072. Notre Dame 2313. Penn State 1824. Stanford 1765. Florida 1276. Bucknell 1257. Texas 1248. Georgia 1199. UCLA 117 Ohio State 117 Tennessee 117 Oklahoma 117
Most AAA Selections since 20001. Nebraska 1202. MIT 1073. Notre Dame 1054. Emory 1035. Penn State 886. RPI 837. Stanford 808. Nebraska Wesleyan 799. Alabama 7810. Calvin College 71
Men's At-Large1. Emory 432. MIT 423. Notre Dame 344. Stanford 32 Nebraska 326. Johns Hopkins 287. Minnesota 27 Penn State 27 Kenyon College 2710. U.S. Naval Academy 26
Baseball1. Notre Dame 292. Bucknell 283. Wichita State 274. Johns Hopkins 265. Illinois Wesleyan 256. Mississippi State 23 Delta State 238. Western Michigan 19 Nebraska 19 Rose Hulman Institute of Technology 19
Men's Basketball1. Illinois Wesleyan 242. UCLA 20 Kansas 20 Indiana 205. Duke 196. Millikin 15 Northwestern 15 Gonzaga 159. Brigham Young 14Notre Dame 14
Football1. Nebraska 1042. Penn State 623. Notre Dame 584. Dayton 525. Ohio State 49 Oklahoma 497. Nebraska Wesleyan 458. Carnegie Mellon 449. Stanford 4310. Massachusetts Institute of Technology 37
Women's Soccer1. Notre Dame 172. North Carolina 163. Portland 12 Penn State 125. Hardin-Simmons 116. Stanford 107. Charlotte 9 U.S. Naval Academy 9 Armstrong Atlantic State 910. Ohio Northern 8 Franklin Pierce 8 North Dakota State 8 Oklahoma City 8 Johns Hopkins 8 Otterbein College 8
Softball1. Nebraska 292. Southern Illinois-Carbondale 233. Florida Southern 214. Tennessee 205. Illinois Wesleyan 19 College of New Jersey 197. DePaul 18 Fresno State 18Notre Dame 1810. Northern Illinois 17
Men's Cross Country/Track and Field1. Augustana (Ill.) 212. Calvin College 193. Nebraska 18 Adams State 185. RPI 17 Rice 177. Oregon 168. Nebraska Wesleyan 159. Florida State 14Notre Dame 14 Wisconsin 14