September 2, 2003

Eagles top charts for Academic All-Americans

John Arenberg is Emory sports information director.

For the second time in three years, Emory led the country in two prestigious academic rankings for student-athletes.

Last school year, Emory was No. 1 in the nation among all NCAA schools for most Verizon Academic All-Americans. Emory had nine, tying Rice University in the program that honors the best and brightest student-athletes.

Emory also finished No. 1 for most NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship winners. The Eagles had eight while Stanford University was runner-up with six. The scholarships are awarded to the best graduating student-athletes who intend to pursue graduate school.
Combined with Emory’s No. 2 national finish for best all-around athletics program, according to the NACDA Directors’ Cup standings, the University was the only NCAA school in any division to finish in the top five in all three categories.

Three years ago, Emory was No. 1 nationally in both Academic All-Americans and postgraduate scholars. In 2001, the University ranked No. 2 in both categories.
In the last three years combined, Emory leads the country with 30 Academic All-Americans, tying it with the University of Nebraska (Lincoln). In third place is the University of Notre Dame with 23.

Also during that time period, Emory is No. 1 nationally with 21 postgraduate scholars, four ahead of runner-up Stanford, and 11 ahead of third-place University of California-Davis.

Emory is one of seven schools in the nation—others include Duke University, Stanford and Notre Dame—to place in the Top 20 both in the Directors’ Cup standings (second) and the latest annual U.S. News and World Report rankings of best national universities (18th).

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