Penn Has 19 Programs Commended by NCAA

PHILADELPHIA - The University of Pennsylvania and Ivy League student-athletes as a whole again have the nation’s best records in the annual NCAA Division I Academic Progress Report (APR) ratings for enrollment from the 2004-05 through 2007-08 academic years.

The NCAA issued its Public Recognition Awards to individual Division I teams on April 22, and sent multiyear scores for all Division I teams on May 6.

A total of 19 Penn teams received Public Recognition Awards from the NCAA. The NCAA “commends” teams that have APR scores in the top 10 percent within their sport, with the minimum necessary score ranging from 975 to a perfect mark of 1000 depending on the range of team scores nationwide within that sport.

“We are pleased so many of our teams received commended recognition from the NCAA,” said Penn’s athletic director, Steve Bilsky W’71. “We impart on our coaches the importance of stressing the academic side as well as the athletic side, and clearly they are conveying that message in their own way with the type of student-athletes they bring to Penn.”

Now in its fifth year, the APR provides a real-time look at a team’s academic success each semester or quarter 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. 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.

Penn’s Commended Sports (Multiyear APR)

19 Quaker teams received recognition from the NCAA for APR scores among the Top 10 percent nationally in their sport:

Baseball (995)

Men’s Basketball (984)

Women’s Basketball (991)
Field Hockey (1000)

Football (996)

Women’s Golf (1000)
Women’s Lacrosse (1000)

Men’s Soccer (1000)

Women’s Soccer (994)
Softball (1000)

Men’s Swimming (995)

Women’s Swimming (1000)

Women’s Tennis (1000)

Men’s Track, Indoor (994)

Men’s Track, Outdoor (997)
Women’s Track, Indoor (994)
Women’s Track, Outdoor (995)
Volleyball (996)

Wrestling (990)

NOTE: The following Penn varsity sports do not contest NCAA championships and are not measured: men’s heavyweight rowing, men’s lightweight rowing, men’s and women’s squash, sprint football.

Penn’s Rank Nationally

Penn stands fourth nationally in the number of teams honored by the NCAA. Ivy League schools swept the top six spots for the second year in a row, and had eight of the top 20 spots:

1. Yale ... 28

T2. Brown ... 21

T2. Dartmouth ... 21

4. Penn ... 19

T5. Princeton ... 18

T5. Harvard ... 18

7. Bucknell ... 17

T8. Holy Cross ... 14

T8. Notre Dame ... 14

10. Lehigh ... 13

other Ivies: Columbia 10 teams (19th), Cornell 9 teams (20th)