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May 7, 2014

The Ivy League Leads in APR Public Recognition Awards for the Ninth Year

NCAA Release | NCAA Public Recognition Awards Searchable Database

Portions courtesy of the NCAA

PRINCETON, N.J. -- The Ivy League paced all Division I conferences for the ninth year in a row with 117 of the 1,049 total teams receiving honors in the most recent Academic Progress Rate (APR) Public Recognition Awards, as announced by the NCAA national office.

The League's 117 teams outdistanced the Patriot League (94), Atlantic Coast Conference (77) and Big Ten Conference (66). 

For the ninth-straight year, the League held the top two spots with Dartmouth topping the list for the third-consecutive year with 26 teams honored. The Big Green has finished in the top three in the number of teams recognized all nine years. Brown placed second for a third-straight year as well with 22 teams honored. The remaining top 10 included Penn tied for fourth with Lafayette with 17 teams each recognized and Yale tied for seventh with Davidson, Duke, Holy Cross and Stanford 14 teams each honored.

Rounding out the Ivies were Columbia, Cornell and Princeton all tied for 18th with 10 teams each honored and Harvard tied for 27th with five other schools each with eight teams commended.

This year, the League had seven schools recognized in baseball, women's basketball, football and men's golf and six schools recognized in women's golf, women's soccer and softball.

Ivy teams comprised 11.2 percent (117 of 1,049) of the total Division I teams honored. The average of 14.6 teams at each Ivy school is 64 percent greater than the next best conference average (9.4).

The 1,049 teams publicly recognized for high achievement represented 631 women's teams and 418 men's or mixed squads. In 2013, 976 teams were recognized.

A total of 275 Division I schools (and seven in other divisions who have a sport competing in Division I) placed at least one team on the top APR list, up 19 from last year.

Of the 146 schools that have received Public Recognition Awards each of the nine years of the program, the Ivy League is the only Division I conference to have every school in its conference recognized.

Each year, the NCAA tracks the classroom performance of student-athletes on every Division I team through the annual scorecard of academic achievement, known as the APR. The rate measures eligibility, graduation and retention each semester or quarter and provides a clear picture of the academic performance in each sport.

The APR Public Recognition Awards are given this year to teams scoring in the top 10 percent in each sport based on the APR scores from the most-recent, four-year period. This year's awards included the 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13 academic years.

Full APR scores for all teams, including access to postseason play and penalties for low-performing teams, will be released on May 14.