Six Saint Joseph's University athletics teams have earned Public Recognition Awards from the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), based on their most recent multi-year Academic Progress Rate for posting scores in the top 10 percent of their sport. The SJU teams are: baseball, men's cross country, men's track, women's cross country, women's soccer, and women's tennis.
The APR is an annual scorecard of academic achievement calculated for all Division I sports teams. Teams earning Public Recognition Awards increased to 1,284, up by 79 from the previous academic year, largely as a result of an increase in perfect scores. Of the teams recognized, 457 competed in men’s or mixed sports, and 827 competed in women’s sports. APRs for programs in the top 10 percent ranged from 985 to a perfect 1,000, and the number of teams posting perfect scores increased to 1,188, marking an increase of 98 teams from last year.
Saint Joseph’s APR for this report was 992.
The Atlantic 10 also was in the top five among all leagues in the percentage of teams earning public recognition, with 30 percent of A-10 teams garnering the prestigious distinction from the NCAA. The Ivy League, the Patriot League, the Big East and the ACC were the other conferences with high percentages. In overall total number of teams honored, the league joined the Patriot League, the Ivy League and the ACC as the top four conferences.
The APR measures eligibility, graduation and retention each term and provides a clear picture of the academic performance for each team in every sport.
The most recent APRs are multiyear rates based on scores from the 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17 academic years.