13 Harvard Teams Receive NCAA Public Recognition Award

Historic and picturesque Dillon Field House stands proudly on the Harvard athletic campus as a center hub for student-athletes.
Historic and picturesque Dillon Field House stands proudly on the Harvard athletic campus as a center hub for student-athletes.

Thirteen Harvard varsity athletic teams have received Division I Academic Progress Rate Public Recognition Award from the NCAA in an announcement made Wednesday by the association. The NCAA recognized 976 Division I teams in total for their exceptional work in the classroom as part of its Academic Performance Program.

The 13 Harvard teams posted multi-year APR scores in the top 10 percent of all squads in their respective sports.

Crimson programs to receive Public Recognition Awards are; baseball, women's basketball, women's cross country, field hockey, football, men's golf, women's golf, men's ice hockey, men's swimming and diving, women's soccer, women's indoor track and field, women's outdoor track and field and women's water polo.

The APR provides a real-time look at a team's academic success each semester by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete. The APR includes eligibility, retention and graduation in the calculation and provides a clear picture of the academic culture in each sport. High-performing teams receiving awards posted APR scores ranging from 978 to a perfect 1,000.

The Ivy League led the way with the most teams honored, as 117 of the 976 recipients hail from the Ancient Eight. The BIG EAST and Patriot League tied for second with 74 teams  recognized followed by the Atlantic-10 (60), the Atlantic Coast Conference (57) and the Big Ten (54).

For the eighth-consecutive year, Ivy schools boasted the top two spots with Dartmouth topping the list for the second year in a row with 25 teams honored. The Big Green has finished in the top three in the number of teams recognized all eight years. Brown placed second for a second-straight year as well, equalling its previous year's total with 20. The remaining top 10 featured three Ivies -- Yale tied for seventh (14) and Havard and Penn tied for 10th (13 each).

This year, the Ancient Eight was the only conference to have commendations for all (eight) of its football and baseball teams. In addition, six League schools were recognized in women's basketball, men's golf, women's golf and softball.

Ivy teams comprised 12.0 percent (117 of 976) of the total Division I teams honored. Of the 62 schools that have received Public Recognition Awards each of the eight years of the program, the Ivy League is the only Division I conference to have every school in its conference recognized