Historically, NC State's cross country teams have been exemplary in the classroom. The USTFCCCA began naming Academic All-America teams in 2001, and NC State has earned Academic All-America team honors each and every year for both the men and the women. In addition, both teams have been Academic All-America with Distinction most of those years.
To earn Academic All-America recognition, teams must post a cumulative GPA of at least 3.00 (3.25 to be Academic All-America with Distinction) for all members who used a season of eligibility. Teams must also have competed at their NCAA Regional meet and had at least five runners finish the race.
In the past six years, 24 members of the men's and women's cross country squads were named Academic All-Americans, including Brittany Tinsley, Emily Pritt, Patrick Campbell and Bobby Moldovan in 2009-10, and Andrew Colley and Laura Hoer in 2011. Brian Himelright achieved the honor in 2012.
In recent years, John Crews and Chris Kollar won postgraduate scholarships from the Atlantic Coast Conference, while Tibor Vegh, Stephen Furst, Bobby Mack and Crews won NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships.
Following the 2013 season, Andrew Colley was named both the USTFCCCA Scholar Athlete of the Year and the ACC Male Cross Country Scholar Athlete of the Year.