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Academic Success at Nebraska - A Tradition of Excellence
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Courtesy: NU Media Relations
11/18/2014
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Featuring one of the most innovative and comprehensive academic support systems in the nation, Nebraka Athletics is dedicated to helping student-athletes achieve excellence in academics, athletics and life career preparation.

Nebraska leas the nation with 314 (and counting) Academic All-Americans, an honor that recognizes student-athletes for their achievements in athletics, academics and the community, reflecting a longstanding history of providing excellent academic services and support.

Tennis player Mary Weatherhold brought home Nebraska's 17th NCAA Today's Top Ten Award, the most prestigious award presented to the best and brightest 10 student-athletes annually. Seven Husker student-athletes earned academic All-America status in 2013-14, increasing Nebraska's nation-leading total to 314, 76 more than second-place Notre Dame. Four Huskers earned First-Team Academic All-America honors - Levi Gipson (men's track and field), Spencer Long (football), Anne Martin (women's track and field) and Emily Wong (women's gymnsatics). Three Huskers were named Second-Team Academic All-Americans - Jake Long (football), Cody Rush (men's track and field) and C.J. Zimmerer (football).

In 2014-14, a total of 123 Huskers earned their college degrees - the ultimate goal for all student-athletes.

Academics Student-Athlete Support Services

  • Led by a seasoned Senior Associate Athletics Director, 14 full-time staff members are committed to supporting student-athletes to succeed in the degree major of their choosing. 
  • Academic Services is hosted in the state-of-the-art Dick and Peg Herman Family Student Life Complex that is open 122 hours each week and dedicated to academic support. The complex includes a state-of-the-art computer center that provides access to desktop computers installed with specialized software and “tech tables” for collaborations for class projects. A full-time computer technician and student workers are on-hand to assist with any technological issues that student-athletes may encounter.
  • Additional resources are available at the Hewit Academic Center, DJ Sokol Enrichment Center, Scott Technology Center, Abbott Life Skills Center, Papik Compliance Center and Lewis Training Table (all located within the Dick and Peg Herman Family Student Life Complex).
  • The Athletics Department offers athletic scholarships that will neither be reduced nor cancelled for injury or performance provided the student-athlete remains a member in good standing with the community, the University, and the Athletics Department.
  • The Athletics Department encourages and continues to provide support for scholarship student-athletes’ return to Nebraska at any time to complete their undergraduate degree, as long as the student-athlete did not transfer from Nebraska and left in good academic standing.
  • Effective in the fall of 2014, Nebraska Athletes will provide all student-athletes with a laptop computer.
  • In the spring of 2015, a number of current and former student-athletes will have the opportunity to participate in a service abroad learning program.
  • In total, Nebraska’s Department of Athletics spent more than $16.2 million in 2013-14 for tuition and services provided by the academic support programs. 

Academic Success at Nebraska

  • Husker student-athletes across all sports have a cumulative GPA of 3.137.
  • Nebraska leads the nation with 314 CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-Americans
  • Nebraska leads the nation with 17 NCAA Today's Top Ten Award recipients, while the Husker football team's nine honorees is the most by any single program in the nation. Mary Weatherholt (Women's Tennis) became Nebraska's most recent honoree in November of 2013.
  • A total of 16 Husker student-athletes earned the 1A FAR Academic Excellence Award, awarded to student-athletes that graduated between September 1, 2013 and August 31, 2014 with a 3.80 cumulative GPA or higher.
  • 123 Husker student-athletes earned their degrees in either August or December of 2013, May of 2014.
  • During the 2012-13 academic year, 87 Nebraska student-athletes recorded perfect 4.0 semesters in either the fall or spring term.
  • Nebraska had 208 student athletes earn Academic All-Big Ten recognition during the 2013-14 academic year.
  • A total of 62 Huskers earned Big Ten Conference Distinguished Scholar recognition during the 2013-2014 academic year.
  • Seth Wiedel (Track and Field) and Emily Wong (Women's Gymnastics) were named the Big Ten Conference Medal of Honor Recipients in 2013.
  • A total of 279 Nebraska student-athletes (sophomore level and above) were honored at the 24th Annual Academic Awards Banquet in 2013 for achieving a 3.0 or higher GPA in the previous two semesters. Seth Wiedel (Track and Field) and Emily Wong (Women's Gymnastics) were named Nebraska Student-Athletes of the Year for 2013-14. The Men's Golf and Women's Tennis teams claimed the Herman Team GPA Awards for the third-straight year. The Wrestling and Swimming and Diving teams won the team Life Skills Award of Excellence.
  • Husker student-athletes Spencer Long (Football), Eric Schryver (Men's Gymnastics), Emily Wong (Women's Gymnastics) and Sunny Russell (Rifle) earned prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships.  
  • Husker student-athletes Brandon Chapek (Football) and Sunny Russell (Rifle) earned Big Ten Postgraduate Scholarships.
  • A total of 675 student-athletes were honored on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in the fall of 2013 and spring of 2014 semesters for earning a 3.0 or better term GPA. 
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