INDIANAPOLIS - A total of eight Saint Joseph's University athletic 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 receiving recognition, as announced by the NCAA, are men’s cross country, men’s golf, men’s soccer, men’s track, women’s lacrosse, women’s rowing, women’s soccer and women’s track.

The 1,071 teams publicly recognized for high achievement include 649 women’s teams and 422 men’s or mixed squads. This year, schools combined the indoor and outdoor track and field teams into one team score, which slightly reduced the overall number of teams earning Public Recognition Awards.

"Again, we are pleased and most proud of the academic outcomes of our student-athletes. We applaud each of them for making the commitment necessary to learn and grow, in and out of the classroom, and on and off the playing fields. They indeed are committed to becoming Everyday Champions," said director of athletics Don DiJulia.

The scores required to be in the top 10 ranged from 983 to a perfect 1,000, depending on the sport. Earning a perfect APR score were 944 teams while a total of 290 schools placed at least one team on the top APR list.

All Division I teams’ APR scores will be released April 20. All teams must meet a certain academic threshold to qualify for the postseason and can face penalties for continued low academic performance.

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 2011-2012, 2012-13, 2013-14 and 2014-15 academic years.