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Bulldogs Continue NCAA Academic Excellence

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Thirteen Yale teams have been recognized for academic excellence after scoring in the top 10 percent of their sports in the most recent Academic Progress Rate results.

The APR provides a real-time look at a team's academic success each semester by tracking the academic progress of each recruited student-athlete.  The APR accounts for eligibility, retention and graduation and provides a measure of each team's academic performance. 

The 13 Yale teams honored are: baseball, football, men's basketball, men's fencing, men's hockey, men's soccer, softball, women's basketball, gymnastics, women's lacrosse, women's crew, women's soccer and women's swimming and diving.

The baseball, football, gymnastics, softball and women's soccer teams are among the 73 teams across the country that have earned Public Recognition Awards each of the 14 years they have been awarded.

Yale has had at least 13 teams recognized in all 14 years.

"I am so proud of our student-athletes, coaches, and world-renowned faculty," said Director of Athletics Vicky Chun. "This is a clear testament that academic excellence is the core of who we are."

Largely as a result of an increase in perfect scores, teams earning Public Recognition Awards increased to 1,328, up by 44 from the previous academic year. APRs for programs in the top 10% ranged from 987 to a perfect 1,000, and the number of teams posting perfect scores increased to 1,214, marking an increase of 26 teams from last year.

Of the teams recognized, 471 competed in men's or mixed sports, and 857 competed in women's sports.

"Congratulations to the programs earning Public Recognition Awards for their commitment to academic success," NCAA President Mark Emmert said. "The number of perfect scores this year is an indication that schools and student-athletes are setting high bars for achievement, and we are proud that they are continuing to succeed academically as well as athletically."

The Ivy League was the top-scoring conference in both number of teams and percentage of teams honored, with 105 teams and 47.3%. The Atlantic Coast Conference ranked second in total number of teams earning Public Recognition Awards with 95, followed by the Patriot League with 94. By percentage of teams, the Patriot League was second with 44.3%, and the Big East Conference, third with 42.2%.

The most recent APRs are multiyear rates based on scores from the 2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17 and 2017-18 academic years.