SCHUYLKILL HAVEN, Pa. — Penn State Schuylkill student-athletes earned third place in the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) President’s Cup, which ranks academic performance. Penn State Schuylkill was also the highest-ranking Penn State campus in the Penn State University Athletic Conference (PSUAC).
Established in 2018, the USCAA President’s Cup honor is awarded to the conference-member institution with the highest point total for student academic performance, based on a point and rank system. The ranking system is comprised of three components:
- Schools receive points based upon the average GPA for each sports program within the institution, as well as the average team GPA across all sports in each institution’s athletic department.
- Every program and school is then ranked against other member institutions with points contributing to the overall finish.
- Additionally, each member institution receives points for the number of student-athletes named to the USCAA National All-Academic team. This year, Penn State Schuylkill had 25 student-athletes earn this high honor.
During the 2019-2020 academic year, Penn State Schuylkill student-athletes earned a combined 3.24 GPA, with seven of eight sports scoring a cumulative 3.0 or higher GPA. In spring 2020, 15% of all student-athletes achieved a perfect 4.0, and more than half (54%) had earned a 3.5 or higher GPA.
Penn State Schuylkill’s third-place USCAA President’s Cup finish had the campus tied with Christendom College of Virginia.
Student-athletes who are interested in learning more about the Penn State Schuylkill program may contact Kayla Felty, coordinator of athletics eligibility and recruiting, or visit the Penn State Schuylkill athletics website.