The University of Pennsylvania continues to have among the nation's best scores in the NCAA Division I Academic Progress Rate (APR), which was announced publicly in May.  

This year, 15 of Penn's teams received Public Recognition Awards from the NCAA, which ranks seventh nationally out of more than 350 Division I universities. The NCAA gives Public Recognition Awards to teams that have APR scores in the top 10 percent within their sport. Ten of those programs earned perfect 1,000 APR scores in the multi-year data.

In the 13-year history of the NCAA APR, Penn has had 211 programs receive Public Recognition Awards. This marks the third consecutive year, and the ninth time overall, that Penn has finished in the top eight in the nation.

"Ranking seventh nationally with 15 of our teams receiving the NCAA public recognition award is a testament to the importance that Penn Athletics places on academic and athletic excellence, on aiming big, and providing an unrivaled experience for our student-athletes," said Dr. M. Grace Calhoun, Penn's Director of Recreation and Intercollegiate Athletics. "We applaud our coaches and student-athletes for their hard work, perseverance and grit that is uniquely Penn."

Four Penn teams have earned APR Public Recognition Awards every year since the program began in 2004-05: Baseball, Football, Softball, and Women's Golf.

Overall, the Ivy League topped all Division I conferences in both the number of teams receiving Public Recognition Awards (108) and percentage of teams honored (47.2 percent), as announced by the NCAA national office. The Ivies were followed by the Patriot League (100) and Atlantic Coast Conference (96).

Brown led the nation and the Ancient Eight institutions with 20 teams, followed by Holy Cross (19), Dartmouth (18) and Villanova (18). Among the other Ancient Eight institutions, Yale and Columbia joined Penn with 15 teams.

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. This year's report covers students who were enrolled from 2013-14 until 2016-17.

The following Penn varsity sports do not contest NCAA championships and thus are not measured in the Academic Progress Report: men's heavyweight rowing, men's lightweight rowing, men's and women's squash, and sprint football.


Penn Sports with Public Recognition Awards for 2016-17 (15)


Field Hockey*


Men's Fencing*

Men's Golf*

Men's Lacrosse

Men's Swimming*

Men's Track


Women's Basketball*

Women's Cross Country*

Women's Fencing*

Women's Golf*

Women's Swimming*

Women's Track

* - perfect 1,000 multi-year score