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Notre Dame Continues To Be A National Leader In Producing Academic All-Americans

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 Selections
1. Nebraska	 		          307
2. Notre Dame                             231
3. MIT				          204
4. Penn State 			          182
5. Stanford 			          176
6. Augustana (Ill.)      	          146
7. Emory 			          144
8. Nebraska Wesleyan		          142
9. Florida	            	          127
10. Bucknell 			          125

Division I 1. Nebraska 307 2. Notre Dame 231 3. Penn State 182 4. Stanford 176 5. Florida 127 6. Bucknell 125 7. Texas 124 8. Georgia 119 9. UCLA 117 Ohio State 117 Tennessee 117 Oklahoma 117

Most AAA Selections since 2000 1. Nebraska 120 2. MIT 107 3. Notre Dame 105 4. Emory 103 5. Penn State 88 6. RPI 83 7. Stanford 80 8. Nebraska Wesleyan 79 9. Alabama 78 10. Calvin College 71

Men's At-Large 1. Emory 43 2. MIT 42 3. Notre Dame 34 4. Stanford 32 Nebraska 32 6. Johns Hopkins 28 7. Minnesota 27 Penn State 27 Kenyon College 27 10. U.S. Naval Academy 26

Baseball 1. Notre Dame 29 2. Bucknell 28 3. Wichita State 27 4. Johns Hopkins 26 5. Illinois Wesleyan 25 6. Mississippi State 23 Delta State 23 8. Western Michigan 19 Nebraska 19 Rose Hulman Institute of Technology 19

Men's Basketball 1. Illinois Wesleyan 24 2. UCLA 20 Kansas 20 Indiana 20 5. Duke 19 6. Millikin 15 Northwestern 15 Gonzaga 15 9. Brigham Young 14 Notre Dame 14

Football 1. Nebraska 104 2. Penn State 62 3. Notre Dame 58 4. Dayton 52 5. Ohio State 49 Oklahoma 49 7. Nebraska Wesleyan 45 8. Carnegie Mellon 44 9. Stanford 43 10. Massachusetts Institute of Technology 37

Women's Soccer 1. Notre Dame 17 2. North Carolina 16 3. Portland 12 Penn State 12 5. Hardin-Simmons 11 6. Stanford 10 7. Charlotte 9 U.S. Naval Academy 9 Armstrong Atlantic State 9 10. Ohio Northern 8 Franklin Pierce 8 North Dakota State 8 Oklahoma City 8 Johns Hopkins 8 Otterbein College 8

Softball 1. Nebraska 29 2. Southern Illinois-Carbondale 23 3. Florida Southern 21 4. Tennessee 20 5. Illinois Wesleyan 19 College of New Jersey 19 7. DePaul 18 Fresno State 18 Notre Dame 18 10. Northern Illinois 17

Men's Cross Country/Track and Field 1. Augustana (Ill.) 21 2. Calvin College 19 3. Nebraska 18 Adams State 18 5. RPI 17 Rice 17 7. Oregon 16 8. Nebraska Wesleyan 15 9. Florida State 14 Notre Dame 14 Wisconsin 14

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