USA Today Honors NMSU For Academic Achievement

Aggie student-athletes continue to shine in the class room and on the playing field.

USA Today has honored NMSU Athletics with their 2002 USA Today - NCAA Academic Achievement Award. NMSU finished among the top ten NCAA Division I-A athletics programs for highest student-athlete graduation rate above the student-body average. "We are excited to see the continuing success of our student-athletes in the classroom, culminating in graduation," said NMSU Athletics Director Brian Faison. "It's more than a catchy phrase at New Mexico State that our student-athletes are students first." In the most recent NCAA Graduation Rate Report, New Mexico State student-athletes graduated at a rate of 63% which equals last year's figure. This is the highest student-athlete graduation rate among NCAA Division I schools in the state of New Mexico.

The report is produced annually from data collected by the U.S. Department of Education. The data is based upon all student-athletes who entered NCAA Division I colleges and universities in 1995-96 and graduated within six year.

Last year, three New Mexico State student-athletes earn Verizon Academic All-America first team honors, had six student-athletes earn Verizon Academic All-District awards. NMSU led the Sun Belt Conference in academic all-conference selections with 120

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