Two-Time All-American Kiki Stokes earned her degree in May of 2017
Photo by Scott Bruhn/Nebraska Communications

Academic Success at Nebraska - A Tradition of Excellence

By NU Athletic Communications

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 leads the nation with 329 (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. Three Husker student-athletes earned academic All-America status in 2016-17, increasing Nebraska's nation-leading total to 329. Three Huskers earned first-team Academic All-America honors - Drew Wiseman (track and field) Carolina Flynn (soccer) and Kadie Rolfzen (volleyball), while Danielle Breen (women's gymnastics) earned second-team Academic All-America honors. Wiseman was also named CoSIDA Academic All-American of the Year.

In 2015-16, a total of 116 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.
  • Current and incoming student-athletes are provided an Apple MacBook Air to enhance their learning opportunities
  • Additional resources are available at the Dick and Peg Herman Student-Life Complex, 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.

Academic Success at Nebraska

  • Husker student-athletes across all sports have a cumulative GPA of 3.137.
  • Nebraska leads the nation with 329 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 10 Husker student-athletes earned the 1A FAR Academic Excellence Award, awarded to student-athletes that graduated between September 1, 2015 and August 31, 2016 with a 3.80 cumulative GPA or higher.
  • 116 Husker student-athletes earned their degrees in either August or December of 2015, or May of 2016.
  • During the 2015-16 academic year, 91 Nebraska student-athletes recorded perfect 4.0 semesters in either the fall or spring term.
  • Nebraska had 209 student athletes earn Academic All-Big Ten recognition during the 2015-16 academic year.
  • A total of 67 Huskers earned Big Ten Conference Distinguished Scholar recognition during the 2015-2016 academic year.
  • Mattie Fowler (Softball) and Shavon Shields (Men's Basketball) were named the Big Ten Conference Medal of Honor Recipients in 2016. 
  • Husker student-athletes Melanie Blum (women's track and field) and Levi Gipson (men's track and field) earned Big Ten Postgraduate Scholarships in 2016.
  • Cody Rush (men's track and field) was the recipient of the Big Ten Wayne Duke Postgraduate Scholarship in 2016.
  • A total of 685 student-athletes were honored on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in the fall of 2015 and spring of 2016 semesters for earning a 3.0 or better term GPA. 

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