NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Fifteen Yale teams have been recognized for academic excellence after scoring in the top 10 percent of their sports in the most recent Academic Progress Rates.
The APR is an annual scorecard of academic achievement calculated for all Division I sports teams.
The 15 Yale teams honored are: baseball, football, men's fencing, men's hockey, men's soccer, softball, women's basketball, women's fencing, women's golf, gymnastics, women's lacrosse, women's crew, women's soccer, women's swimming and diving and women's tennis.
The baseball, football, women's golf, gymnastics, softball, women's soccer and women's tennis teams are among the less than 100 teams across the country that have earned Public Recognition Awards each of the 13 years they have been awarded.
Yale has had at least 13 teams recognized in all 13 years.
Teams earning Public Recognition Awards increased to 1,284, up by 79 from the previous academic year, largely as a result of an increase in perfect scores. Of the teams recognized, 457 competed in men's or mixed sports, and 827 competed in women's sports. APRs for programs in the top 10 percent ranged from 985 to a perfect 1,000, and the number of teams posting perfect scores increased to 1,188, marking an increase of 98 teams from last year.
"I applaud every program earning a Public Recognition Award this year for their commitment to going above and beyond to prepare students for life after college through academic achievement," NCAA President Mark Emmert said. "To have nine national champions so far this year — including men's and women's basketball — be among those recognized illustrates that student-athletes succeed athletically and academically."
Brown led all Division I schools with 20 teams earning Public Recognition Awards, followed by Holy Cross with 19 teams and Dartmouth and Villanova, each with 18 teams. By percentage, Villanova led with 82 percent of its squads receiving recognition, followed by Holy Cross and Gonzaga, with 79 and 73 percent, respectively.
The Ivy League was the top-scoring conference in both number of teams and percentage of teams honored, with 108 (or 48.6 percent), followed by the Patriot League with 100 (47.2 percent). The Atlantic Coast Conference ranks third in total number of teams earning Public Recognition Awards with 96, and by percentage of teams, the Big East Conference ranks third with 41.8 percent.
The APR measures eligibility, graduation and retention each semester or academic term and provides a clear picture of the academic performance for each team in every sport. All teams must meet an academic threshold of 930 to qualify for the postseason and can face penalties for continued low academic performance.
The most recent APRs are multiyear rates based on scores from the 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17 academic years.