USA Today All-USA Academic Team


USA TODAY honors outstanding students with the All-USA Academic Teams. The top 20 students selected for each of the All-USA First Teams receive a $2,500 cash award, trophy, and will receive extensive national recognition through coverage in USA TODAY and Second and third teams are named and each receive certificates of achievement.

Award winners are chosen based on undergraduate GPA, awards and achievements, leadership, campus and community activities, college and community service, and the quality of intellectual endeavors. There are no restrictions of the field of study.


Students will normally be nominated by professors. For the application, students must submit a brief description of undergraduate awards, honors, research, campus/community involvement; a two-page personal essay describing most outstanding intellectual undertaking; a nomination letter; two recommendation letters; and college transcripts.

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More information is available at the USA Today All-USA Academic Team Web site: