Brown Athletics Ranks Second Nationally In NCAA Academic Progress Report (APR) Rankings

April 22, 2009

Princeton, New Jersey - Ivy League student-athletes again have the nation's most commendations in the annual NCAA Division I Academic Progress Report (APR) ratings, as highlighted in today's official NCAA News Release with regard to enrollment throughout the 2004-05 through 2007-08 academic years.Brown Athletics is once again at the head of the class with 21 teams meeting the stringent NCAA APR criteria, second most in the nation out of 342 NCAA Division I schools.

The 21 Brown Athletic Teams commended by the NCAA are: Baseball, Men's Basketball, Women's Basketball, Women's Fencing, Football, Men's Golf, Women's Gymnastics, Men's Ice Hockey, Softball, Men's Soccer, Women's Soccer, Men's Swimming, Women's Swimming, Women's Tennis, Men's Indoor Track, Women's Indoor Track, Men's Outdoor Track, Women's Outdoor Track, Women's Volleyball, Men's Water Polo, and Women's Water Polo.

The APR measures semester-by-semester records for every individual team in Division I with regard to each team members' continuing eligibility, retention and progress toward graduation. The APR awards two points each term to student-athletes who meet academic-eligibility standards and who remain with the institution. A team's APR is the total points earned by the team at a given time, divided by the total points possible.

The NCAA "commends" teams that have APR scores in the top 10% within their sport, with the minimum necessary score ranging from 976 to a perfect mark of 1000 depending on the range of team scores within that sport. A total of 144 Ivy League teams were "commended" -- at least one in each of the 35 NCAA sports in which at least one Ivy team competes -- for an average of 18 teams per school.

Ivy teams comprised 18.7% of the 767 teams honored from across 211 Division I colleges and universities (131 schools had no commended teams). The average of 18 teams at each of the eight Ivy schools is more than two-thirds more than the next best conference average (10.6), and more than the best score of any non-Ivy individual school.

More than three-fifths (60.3%) of the total of 239 Ivy teams in NCAA-sponsored sports were recognized. The Ivy League is the only conference to have commendations for all of its baseball, football and women's basketball teams; while seven of the eight Ivy teams were recognized in four additional sports and six Ivy teams were recognized in six more sports.

The Ivy League swept the top six rankings nationally for the second consecutive year, led by Yale with 28 honored teams; every Ivy school was in the top 20 [Yale (28, 1st), Brown (21, T-2nd), Dartmouth (21, T-2nd), Penn (19, 4th), Harvard (18, T-5th), Princeton (18, T-5th), Columbia (10, 19th), and Cornell (9, 20th)].

NCAA Public Recognition Awards 2008-09 (by institution)

NCAA Public Recognition Awards 2008-09 (by sport)