Rensselaer has been ranked fourth in the entire nation and second in Division III in the number of student-athletes chosen by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) for National Academic All-America honors. From 2000-01 to 2007-08, Rensselaer has produced 56 National Academic All-Americans.
The University of Nebraska and the University of Notre Dame have had the most CoSIDA National Academic All-Americans over the past seven years, with 76 apiece. Emory University, a Division III school, is third with 67, followed by Rensselaer with 56 and Pennsylvania State University with 52. MIT, with 49 recipients, and Calvin College, with 45 (both Division III schools), rank sixth and seventh, respectively.
By individual sport, Rensselaer is fifth overall and second among Division III schools with 10 men’s track & field/cross country recipients since 2000-01.
The College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) selects Academic All-America teams in 12 programs: football, women’s volleyball, men’s soccer, women’s soccer, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, baseball, softball, men’s track & field/cross country, women’s track & field/cross country, men’s at-large, and women’s at-large. A first team, second team, and third team are selected in both the University (Division I and I-AA) and College (Division II, III and NAIA) Divisions.
There are 1,067 schools at all levels of the NCAA, including 330 in Division I, 293 in Division II, and 444 in Division III. In the NAIA, there are 284 member institutions.