Gonzaga Shines Brightest in APR Public Recognition Awards

April 13, 2016

Complete NCAA Release

With the release of the NCAA’s APR Public Recognition Awards, Gonzaga University led the nation with 80% of its teams earning the honor, NCAA officials announced Wednesday.

Based on their most recent multiyear Academic Progress Rate, teams posting APR scores in the top 10 percent of their sport earn NCAA Public Recognition Awards. The APR is an annual scorecard of academic achievement calculated for all Division I sports teams nationally. The most recent APRs are multiyear rates based on scores from the 2011-2012, 2012-13, 2013-14 and 2014-15 academic years.

For Gonzaga, 12 of its 15 teams (indoor and outdoor track are combined), were publicly recognized for this high achievement. Of the 290 schools that placed a team on the top APR list, Gonzaga’s 80 percent was the highest rate of any school in the nation. Lafayette was second at 76 percent, followed by Dartmouth at 73 percent, Rice at 71% and Bucknell at 68% to round out the top five. Brown, Notre Dame, Davidson, Northwestern and Duke were the next five in order.

Individually, Gonzaga’s women’s golf team is one of just 110 teams nationally that has earned Public Recognition Awards in each of 11 years of the Public Recognition program. In addition to women’s golf, Gonzaga’s baseball, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, men’s cross country, women’s cross country, men’s golf, men’s soccer, men’s tennis, women’s tennis, men’s track and women’s track.

Gonzaga’s men’s basketball team was one of just three schools to earn the Public Recognition award and play in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament alongside national champion Villanova and Duke.

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