ACC Makes Another Strong Showing in APR Public Recognition Awards

81 league teams recognized for academic progress, leading all major conferences

GREENSBORO, N.C. ( – The Atlantic Coast Conference leads all Autonomy 5 conferences with 81 teams among its current membership recognized in the latest report card on the NCAA Academic Progress Rate (APR) Public Recognition Awards released on Wednesday.

The Academic Progress Rate, a multi-year rate based on the most recent four years of data, is a real-time measure of eligibility and retention of student-athletes competing on every Division I sports team. The most recent APR scores are based on scores from the 2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14 and 2014-15 academic years. This year marks the 12th year of APR data for most teams.

Each year, the NCAA honors selected Division I sports teams by publicly recognizing their latest multi-year NCAA Division I Academic Progress Rate (APR). This announcement is part of the overall Division I academic reform effort and is intended to highlight teams that demonstrate a commitment to academic progress and retention of student-athletes by achieving the top APRs within their respective sports. Specifically, these teams posted multi-year APRs in the top 10 percent of all squads in each sport.

Even with rising academic standards, ACC teams continue to build upon their success in the classroom. Highlights from the most recent report include:

  • The ACC’s current schools had 81 combined teams recognized to lead all Autonomy 5 conferences for the 2014-15 academic year. The next closest Autonomy 5 conference had 69 teams recognized.
  • The ACC’s 15 schools with at least one team recognized lead all Autonomy 5 conferences. The ACC was one of only two Autonomy 5 conferences to have at least one team recognized from each of its member institutions.
  • Four men’s basketball teams – Clemson, Duke, Louisville and Pitt – were recognized from the ACC for the 2014-15 season, the most of any Autonomy 5 conference.
  • Leading the ACC’s member institutions receiving APR public recognition awards for 2014-15 were Notre Dame with 16, Duke with 15, Boston College with 12, Virginia with eight, North Carolina with seven, and Georgia Tech and Louisville with four each.
  • Notre Dame’s 16 teams earning recognition ranked second nationally, and Duke ranked third. Boston College tied for fifth.
  • A total of 163 ACC teams have earned APR Public Recognition Awards over the past two years, which again leads all Autonomy 5 conferences.