Dartmouth led the way with 19 teams earning Public Recognition Awards, tying for the top spot with fellow Ivy League member Brown. The NCAA's Public Recognition Awards have now been in existence since 2006 with the Big Green finishing in the top three each of the 12 years the honors have been bestowed. In that time, Dartmouth has a total of 272 awards, more than any other institution with Brown running second with 252.
The 1,203 teams publicly recognized for high achievement include 746 women's teams and 457 men's or co-ed squads. The award is given to teams that have an APR among the top 10 percent in their respective sport. APR measures eligibility, graduation and retention each semester or quarter and provides a clear picture of the academic performance for each team in each sport.
The total number of teams being recognized increased by 132 from a year ago, largely as a result of an increase in perfect scores. Scores for programs in the top 10 percent ranged from 984 to a perfect 1,000, with 1,090 teams earning a perfect score.
Each NCAA varsity team is given a score on a scale from 1-1,000 (1,000 meaning that every individual on that team was academically eligible for the following term and either returned to school or graduated). All teams must meet an academit threshold of 930 over a multi-year period to qualify for the postseason and can face penalties for continued low academic performance. All of the 26 Dartmouth teams measured were well above the penalty line. The current report measures enrollment from the academic years 2012-13 through 2015-16.
In all, 106 Ivy League programs were honored, comprising 8.8 percent of the total of Division I programs on the list, more than any other conference. The Patriot League was second with 97 qualifying and the ACC third with 88.
The Big Green ranks second in the nation with seven teams who have appeared on this list each year since it first began a dozen years ago, trailing only Yale, which has eight. Those seven Dartmouth teams are: women's basketball, football, men's golf, women's lacrosse, women's rowing, women's swimming and diving, and women's tennis. No other school has more than five.
APR scores for all Division I teams will be released on May 10.
Men's lightweight and heavyweight rowing, women's rugby, men's and women's squash, co-ed equestrian and co-ed sailing do not contest NCAA Championships and therefore were not measured.
Dartmouth Teams Earning APR Public Recognition Award
Men's Cross Country
Men's Ice Hockey
Women's Cross Country
Women's Ice Hockey