UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Penn State Commonwealth Campus student-athletes excelled on both the field and in the classroom this past year, capturing a United States Collegiate Athletic Association National Championship and setting record marks for academics.
A report from Faculty Athletics Representative Dr. Jo Ann Jankoski showed more than 1,300 student-athletes competed on 121 teams in the Penn State University Athletic Conference during the 2017-18 academic year. Of those student-athletes, more than 1,000 earned a 3.0 GPA or higher during the academic year.
All student-athletes earning a 3.0 GPA during their sports' semester of competition or with a cumulative GPA above a 3.0 are recognized as PSUAC All-Academic. In total, 1,011 student-athletes earned the accolades for the year.
In addition, 120 PSUAC student-athletes were recognized as USCAA National All-Academic team members. To qualify, student-athletes must be in at least their third semester and have a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or higher.
Six campuses had combined team GPA's above 3.0, led by Lehigh Valley with an overall student-athlete GPA of 3.16. Joining Lehigh Valley with team GPA's above 3.0 were DuBois, Greater Allegheny, Hazleton, Schuylkill, and Wilkes-Barre.
In total, 822 male and 533 female student-athletes participated in PSUAC programs in 2017-18. The season was capped with the conference's second ever national champion as DuBois captured the 2018 USCAA Baseball Small College World Series Championship.