HANOVER, N.H. — A total of 1,124 teams from across the NCAA Division I landscape were honored with Public Recognition Awards based on their most recent multi-year Academic Progress Rate (APR). The total marks the highest ever in the decade since the NCAA began the program.
Once again, Dartmouth led the way with 26 teams earning recognition, marking the fourth straight year the college has topped the list.
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 10 years the honors have been bestowed. In that time, Dartmouth has a total of 234 awards, more than any other institution while Yale’s 215 rank second.
Each NCAA varsity team is given a score on a scale from 1-1000 (1000 meaning that every individual on that team was academically eligible for the following term and either returned to school or graduated). Individual teams with a score below 925 over a multi-year period are subject to penalties. All of the 28 Dartmouth teams measured were well above the penalty line, with an average score of 999.4. The current report measures enrollment from the academic years 2007-08 through 2013-14.
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.
With Dartmouth leading the way, three schools tied for second with 19 teams earning APR distinction — Brown, Bucknell and Stanford. In all, 110 Ancient Eight programs were honored, comprising nearly 10 percent (9.8%) of the entire Division I programs on the list. The Patriot League was second with 105 teams qualifying. The ACC (82) and Big Ten (74) round out the top four conferences.
Dartmouth also led the schools with the highest percentage of its teams topping the APR list with 92.9 percent. Northwestern University (79 percent), Lafayette College (78 percent) and Gonzaga University (76 percent) also had more than three-quarters of their teams making the list.
The Big Green lead the nation in teams who have appeared on this list each year since it first began nearly a decade ago. No other athletics program has as many as Dartmouth’s 14 teams making the list each year (Brown and Yale both have eight to rank second). Those consistently excellent programs in terms of APR are: football, field hockey, men’s golf, men’s soccer, both men’s indoor and outdoor track & field, women’s basketball, women’s rowing, women’s golf, women’s lacrosse, women’s soccer, women’s swimming and diving, women’s tennis and women’s indoor track & field.
Men’s lightweight and heavyweight rowing, men’s and women’s squash, coed equestrian and coed sailing do not contest NCAA Championships and therefore were not measured.
Dartmouth Teams Earning APR Public Recognition AwardBaseball
Men's Cross Country
Men's Ice Hockey
Men's Track, Indoor
Men's Track, Outdoor
Women's Cross Country
Women's Track, Indoor
Women's Track, Outdoor