Northwestern smashed another academic milestone May 28 when 84 Wildcats earned spring Academic All-Big Ten awards to bring the year's total to a school-record 228 recipients. This is the fifth straight year that NU student-athletes have collected over 200 honors for work in the classroom.
To be eligible for an Academic All-Big Ten selection, student-athletes must be letterwinners who are in at least their second academic year at their institution. From that pool, those who carry a grade-point average of 3.0 or higher receive the award. Remarkably, 76 percent of those eligible from NU's spring and at-large sports qualified for the accolade.
In addition to the abundance of success in the classroom, six of the eight Northwestern teams receiving academic distinction this week also advanced to postseason competition.
The Big Ten recognized a total of 1,447 student-athletes from its spring and at-large sports. Notably, of 93 women's lacrosse recipients conference-wide, 20 percent (19 total) came from Northwestern. Of the 126 baseball players from 13 schools who were recognized, 19 represent Chicago's Big Ten Team (15%).
Northwestern student-athletes garnered 41 Academic All-Big Ten honors in the winter, while 103 were recognized in the fall. All told, approximately 65 percent of eligible NU student-athletes picked up an Academic All-Big Ten award during the 2014-15 school year.
The Wildcats have continued to raise the bar, as they also set other academic records in recent days. On May 20 a school-record 15 of 19 programs received NCAA Public Recognition Awards for placing in the top 10 percent of their respective sports in the latest multi-year Academic Progress Rate (APR) data. Additionally, a school-record 12 of NU's 19 teams received perfect APR scores of 1,000 for the 2010-11 to 2013-14 cohort.
For a complete list of Northwestern's 2015 spring and at-large season Academic All-Big Ten award winners, read the original story on nusports.com.