Academic Success

In 2012, nose guard Nabal Jefferson became the fourth Huskie to earn the prestigious National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete Award and the second in as many years.

One of the most decorated athletes in NIU history, Kristin Hoffman is a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-American, a Bob James Memorial Award winner, as well as a AVCA All-American Honorable Mention.

Kyle Knotek was named to the ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-America First Team in 2010 and the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Second Team in 2008.

Northern Illinois University takes immense pride in the academic success of its student-athletes. Year in and year out, NIU exceeds the national standards for academic progressed measured by the NCAA through its Academic Progress Rate (APR) in all 17 sports programs.

NIU has seen some of their student-athletes receive some of the highest individual academic honors in the country. Since 2006, seven Huskie student-athletes, Jody Yednock (Gymnastics, 2006), Kyle Knotek (Men's Soccer, 2010), Kristin Hoffman (Volleyball, 2010 & 2011), Allison McGlaughlin (Volleyball, 2011), Alan Baxter (Football, 2012), Nabal Jefferson (Football, 2012) and Jason Schepler (Football, 2012) have been awarded College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-America accolades.

The National Football Federation recognized Chandler Harnish (2011) and Jefferson (2012) with the NFF Scholar-Athlete Award. One of the most prestigious awards in college football, it honors 15 student-athletes whose academic, athletic and leadership abilities rank them as the very best throughout all divisions of NCAA football and the NAIA. NIU was the only school to have a student-athlete honored in 2011 and 2012.

Hoffman was named the Mid-American Conference's female 2012 Bob James Memorial Award winner. Chosen by the league's faculty athletic representatives, the Bob James Memorial Award is a $5,000 post-graduate scholarship for one male and one female student-athlete who have achieved a minimum grade point average of 3.50, and have displayed good character, leadership and citizenship.

From 2006 to 2010, the Huskies recorded 10 straight semesters with a cumulative GPA above 3.0 among its student-athletes. In 2009, NIU was awarded with the Mid-American Conference's Institutional Academic Achievement Award for posting the highest GPA in the conference for the 2007-2008 academic year.

All Huskie student-athletes benefit from the Student-Athlete Academic Support Services to assist them with their academic pursuits. SAASS is the acadmeic unit within the Vice Provost's Offic which serves student-athletes. Members of the SAASS staff work collaboratively with other university offices to provide student-athletes with the tools necessary for success. The SAASS staff provides educational and life skills programs to achieve our goal of enhancing student-athletes academic, athletic and social skills.

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