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Boston-area Division I teams earn high marks for academic success

Posted by Your Town  July 11, 2013 05:06 PM

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Division I teams at Harvard University, BU, BC, and Northeastern University are earning high marks for academic success, according to the latest NCAA Division I Academic Progress Rate Data report.

The Academic Progress Ranking, which was released in June, is based on eligibility, graduation, and retention of each student-athlete who attends school on scholarship, according to the NCAA website.

Teams must score a 900 average for the past four years, or a 930 average over the past two years, in order to be eligible to compete in the 2013 to 2014 postseason. Those that score below a certain threshold may face additional punishments, such as restrictions on practices.

The report indicated that teams at Harvard, BU, BC, and Northeastern all scored well above the 900 point requirement.

“We’re proud once again to have outstanding APR scores here at BU,” says Michael Lynch, a BU assistant vice president and director of athletics said in a statement. “Year in and year out, our coaches recruit student-athletes who are serious about both athletics and academics, and those efforts shine through in this data.”

NCAA President Mark Emmert said in a statement on the association’s website that 10 years after its creation, the APR has helped student-athletes achieve higher academic standards.

“These are strong and meaningful academic standards, and we are pleased to witness the continued improvement of student-athletes’ academic performance,” Emmert said in the statement. “The NCAA and its member schools believe in supporting success both on and off the playing field. As educators, we must continue to embrace our role in providing the necessary skills to continue this high achievement.”

Here is a complete list of each team and their score for the years of 2008 to 2012:

Boston College

Baseball: 994
Field Hockey: 989
Football: 982
Men’s Basketball: 958
Men’s Cross Country: 996
Men’s Golf: 1,000
Men’s Ice Hockey: 986
Men’s Skiing: 1,000
Men’s Soccer: 964
Men’s Swimming: 998
Men’s Tennis: 994
Men’s Track, Indoor: 997
Men’s Track, Outdoor: 1,000
Softball: 1,000
Women’s Basketball: 962
Women’s Cross Country: 993
Women’s Golf: 979
Women’s Ice Hockey: 1,000
Women’s Lacrosse: 1,000
Women’s Skiing: 986
Women’s Soccer: 996
Women’s Swimming: 1,000
Women’s Tennis: 983
Women’s Track, Indoor: 1,000
Women’s Track, Outdoor: 1,000
Women’s Volleyball: 994

Boston University

Men’s Cross Country: 1000
Men’s Indoor Track: 1000
Men’s Outdoor Track: 1000
Softball: 1000
Women’s Golf: 1000
Women’s Ice Hockey: 1000
Women’s Tennis: 1000
Women’s Soccer: 994
Women’s Swimming: 994
Women’s Indoor Track: 993
Women’s Outdoor Track: 993
Field Hockey: 992
Women’s Basketball: 991
Women’s Lacrosse: 990
Wrestling: 990
Men’s Ice Hockey: 987
Men’s Basketball: 985
Men’s Tennis: 985
Women’s Cross Country: 984
Women’s Rowing: 983
Men’s Swimming: 980
Men’s Soccer: 974

Harvard University

Baseball: 993
Field Hockey: 1,000
Football: 983
Men's Basketball: 956
Men's Cross Country: 993
Men's Fencing: 993
Men's Golf: 1,000
Men's Ice Hockey: 998
Men's Lacrosse: 988
Men's Skiing: 988
Men's Soccer: 980
Men's Swimming: 996
Men's Tennis: 977
Men's Track, Indoor: 995
Men's Track, Outdoor: 993
Men's Volleyball: 989
Men's Water Polo: 989
Men's Wrestling: 972
Softball: 991
Women's Basketball: 1,000
Women's Cross Country: 1,000
Women's Fencing: 993
Women's Golf: 1,000
Women's Ice Hockey: 994
Women's Lacrosse: 992
Women's Rowing: 998
Women's Skiing: 981
Women's Soccer: 1,000
Women's Swimming: 998
Women's Tennis: 986
Women's Track, Indoor: 999
Women's Track, Outdoor: 999
Women's Volleyball: 992
Women's Water Polo: 1,000

Northeastern University

Baseball: 990
Field Hockey: 1,000
Men's Basketball: 979
Men's Cross Country: 1,000
Men's Ice Hockey: 966
Men's Soccer: 996
Men's Track, Indoor: 992
Men's Track, Outdoor: 992
Women's Basketball: 958
Women's Cross Country: 980
Women's Ice Hockey: 1,000
Women's Rowing: 992
Women's Soccer: 985
Women's Swimming: 997
Women's Track, Indoor: 991
Women's Track, Outdoor: 990
Women's Volleyball: 995

Katherine Landergan can be reached at For campus news updates, follow her on Twitter @klandergan.

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