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Ivy League Again Leads the Nation in NCAA Academic Progress Rate

Ivy League Again Leads the Nation in NCAA Academic Progress Rate

INDIANAPOLIS -- For the 12th consecutive year, the Ivy League leads the nation in NCAA Academic Progress Rate (APR), as released by the NCAA national office.

With an overall APR score of 993 on a 1,000-point scale, the Ivy League is tied for first among the Division I conferences, well above the NCAA 2015-16 four-year rate of 981.

The League is first or tied for first in nine of its 27 conference sports that are NCAA-sponsored and are also considered conference-wide sponsored sports -- baseball, men’s basketball, football, men's lacrosse, men's soccer, men’s tennis, women's basketball, women's rowing and women’s soccer -- with 194 of its 205 teams (94.6 percent) across those 27 sports scoring at or above the national average multi-year APR of 981.

The Ivy League ranks second in four sports (men's swimming & diving, men's track & field, softball and women's swimming & diving) and third in two others (men's golf and women's fencing). In total, the League ranks among the top-eight in all of the 27 sports, including a top-five listing in 24 sports.

The 2015-16 overall four-year NCAA rate of 981 is up two points from the four-year rate announced last year. Across the nation, three-point improvements in baseball and football four-year rates contributed to that increase. Baseball teams earned a 973 four-year rate (up from 970), and football teams earned a 962 (up from 959). In addition, men’s basketball teams earned a 966 four-year rate (up from 964), and women’s basketball teams earned a 980 (up from 978).

Every Division I sports team across the nation calculates its APR each academic year, similar to a report card. Student-athletes each semester earn one point for remaining eligible and one point for staying in school or graduating. Teams scoring below certain thresholds can face consequences, such as practice restrictions and restrictions on postseason competition. Rates are based on the past four years' performance -- 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16 academic years.

Additionally, the Ivy League led all Division I conferences in APR Public Recognition Awards for the 12th year in a row with 106 of the 1,203 total teams across the nation receiving honors. The League’s 106 teams recognized is up from 100 a year ago. The Ivy League also led the nation in terms of percentage of its teams honored, with 47.7 percent. For the 12th-straight year, the League held the top two spots with Brown and Dartmouth tying for first with 19 teams each.

The Ivy League is the most diverse intercollegiate conference in the country with more than 8,000 student-athletes competing each year. Sponsoring conference championships in 33 men's and women's sports and averaging more than 35 varsity teams at each school, the Ivy League provides more intercollegiate athletic opportunities per school than any other conference in the country. All eight Ivy schools are among the top 20 of NCAA Division I schools in number of sports offered for both men and women and enjoy regular competitive success at the highest championship levels of NCAA Division I athletics.

The League’s schools -- Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Penn, Princeton and Yale -- share a rich history of success and influence in college athletics, dating back to the origins of intercollegiate competition. Ivy League institutions have won 287 team national championships and 579 individual national championships since intercollegiate competition began. The Ivy League conference was formally established in 1954, based on the mutual agreement that intercollegiate athletics competition should be "kept in harmony with the essential educational purposes of the institution." For more information, please visit