Nebraska's rich tradition of academic excellence is solidified on the national level through the University's dominance of the CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-American awards. University of Nebraska student-athletes from all teams and all sports combined far outdistance any other school in the country. Nebraska has a nation-leading total of 320 CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-Americans (as of June 25, 2015).
To be considered for the award, student-athletes must be sophomore status or above, maintain a minimum 3.3 cumulative grade-point average, be a team starter or key reserve and be active in the community. Every Nebraska student-athlete who garners first-team Academic All-American recognition has an oil painting portrait completed in their honor, and the picture is forever displayed in the West Stadium.
In 2014-15, John Welk was named Academic All-American of the Year for all male track and field student-athletes. Welk was joined on the first team by both Levi Gipson and Drew Wiseman, marking the first time a NU men's team other than football has had three first-team Academic All-Americans in a year. Junior basketball player Shavon Shields also earned first-team CoSIDA Academic All-America honors, while gymnast Ethan Lottman earned second-team honors and sophomore outfielder Ryan Boldt earned third-team honors.
In 2013-14, a trio of Nebraska football players claimed CoSIDA Academic All-America honors to lead a group of seven academic All-Americans across all sports for the season. Senior offensive lineman Spencer Long captured first-team accolades, while his twin brother, tight end Jake Long, and fullback C.J. Zimmerer both claimed spots on the second team. It marked the third consecutive season that multiple Husker football players have captured spots on the Academic All-America teams. NU added another first-team selection with women's gymnast Emily Wong, who earned CoSIDA Academic All-America honors for the second straight season. Gary Pepin's track and field team earned three CoSIDA Academic All-Americans to wrap up the 2013-14 year, including first-team selections Levi Gibson and Anne Martin, as well as second-team honoree Cody Rush.
Nebraska became the first school across all sports and all divisions to reach the 300 milestone in 2012-13. The Huskers have produced 74 more CoSIDA Academic All-Americans than second-place Notre Dame (241) all time, across all sports and all divisions. Other than Nebraska, Notre Dame and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), no other institutions have reached the 200 mark in the number of CoSIDA Academic All-Americans.
The Nebraska football team leads the nation (all teams, all sports, all divisions) with 107 CoSIDA Academic All-Americans, while the Nebraska volleyball team leads all women's teams all-time across all sports with 37. The Nebraska softball team is second among all women's programs with 29.
Nebraska also leads the nation with 126 CoSIDA Academic All-Americans since 2000, extending its nation-leading streak to 44 consecutive years with at least one CoSIDA Academic All-American. Nebraska also ranks among the top 10 nationally in CoSIDA Academic All-Americans in women's track and field/cross country academic (15), men's track and field/cross country (21), baseball (20) and women's basketball (8).
All information updated as of June 26, 2015. National totals listed below are unofficial.