EASTON, Pa. -- Nine of Lafayette College's athletic programs secured perfect Academic Progress Rates according to data released by the NCAA on Wednesday. The remaining 12 teams that were measured established an APR mark well above the national average of 981.
The Leopards' baseball, men's and women's cross country, men's fencing, men's and women's track and field, softball, women's basketball and women's tennis all managed a perfect score of 1,000. Field hockey (996), women's lacrosse (996), women's swimming and diving (995), women's soccer (993), men's soccer (993), men's swimming and diving (993), men's golf (992), men's basketball (990), men's lacrosse (989), women's volleyball (987), men's tennis (985) and football (984) posted scores well above the national average.
"I am so pleased that the Academic Progress Rates continue to rise, but I am more excited about what those numbers mean: Thousands of college athletes continue to make real progress toward earning their degrees," said NCAA President Mark Emmert. "A college degree, combined with the skills they learn while participating in sports, will provide countless opportunities for them later in life."
This is the second straight week Lafayette's student-athletes have been highlighted by the NCAA for their work in the classroom. Ten teams earned NCAA Public Recognition Awards on May 4, including four teams which have won the distinction each year the awards have been doled 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. At schools that don't offer scholarships, recruited student-athletes are tracked. 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.