EASTON, Pa. -- Lafayette College had 13 of its athletic programs register perfect Academic Progress Rates according to data released by the NCAA on Wednesday. The remaining eight teams measured came in with an APR mark above the national average (979). No teams were below the national average.
The Leopards' baseball, men's and women's cross country, men's and women's swimming and diving, men's and women's track and field, softball, women's basketball, women's soccer, women's tennis, volleyball and men's fencing teams all posted a perfect score of 1,000. Field hockey (996), football (986), men's basketball (995), golf (993), men's lacrosse (991), men's soccer (994), men's tennis (986) and women's lacrosse (995) posted scores well above the national average.
Among Patriot League schools, Lafayette had the second largest percentage (13 of 21 teams for 62%) of its teams record perfect APR scores, trailing only Bucknell (17 of 25 for 68%). Lafayette ranked ahead of Colgate (50%), Holy Cross (46%), Lehigh (43%), Loyola (38%), Boston U. (30%), Navy (17%), and Army (5%), American (0%).
"Division I student-athletes learn to balance playing a sport they love with the pursuit of a degree, and we honor their continued success in the classroom. The APR data prove that students can achieve both academically and athletically," said NCAA President Mark Emmert. "Supporting our students as they work toward graduation is a top priority of everyone involved in college athletics."
This is the second straight week Lafayette's student-athletes have been highlighted in the classroom. Sixteen teams earned NCAA Public Recognition Awards on April 13, including five teams which have won the distinction each year the awards have been given out.
Every Division I sports team calculates its APR each academic year. Scholarship student-athletes receive one point each semester for remaining eligible and one point for staying in school or graduating. Teams scoring below certain thresholds can face consequences, including practice restrictions and playing season reductions. Rates are an average of the past four years' performance. The most recent APR scores are multi-year rates based on the scores from the 2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14 and 2015-16 academic years. National aggregates are based on all teams with usable data at the time of analysis.