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Courtesy: Duke Athletics
Twelve Teams Honored by NCAA for APR Achievement
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 05/03/2017
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DURHAM, N.C. - Twelve of Duke's intercollegiate athletic programs were honored Wednesday with NCAA Public Recognition Awards. The awards are presented annually to teams finishing among the top 10 percent of their respective sport based on the most recent multi-year Academic Performance Rate (APR).

The most recent APRs are multiyear rates based on scores from the 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16 academic years.

Duke's 12 programs that received the honor include football, men's basketball, men's fencing, women's fencing, men's golf, women's golf, men's lacrosse, women's lacrosse, women's cross country, women's soccer, women's track and field and volleyball.  

Duke's women's fencing, football and men's golf programs have earned the honor in all 12 years of the program.

This year, Duke tied for third nationally with 12 teams honored, trailing only Stanford (17) and Notre Dame (14).

In addition, Duke was tied for second among ACC schools, trailing only Notre Dame and tied with Boston College. Third was North Carolina (8), followed by Clemson (6), Louisville (6), Virginia (6), Georgia Tech (4), Pittsburgh (4), Florida State (3), Miami (3), Wake Forest (3), N.C. State (2), Syracuse (2) and Virginia Tech (2).

Over the past 11 years, Duke has ranked among the nation's top FBS institutions in terms of raw number of sports receiving the APR public recognition awards:

2017 – 1. Stanford 17; 2. Notre Dame 14; 3. (tie) Boston College, Duke 12; 5. (tie) Michigan, Minnesota 11; 7. Northwestern 10; 8. (tie) U.S. Naval Academy, North Carolina, Rice 8

2016 – 1. Stanford 17; 2. Notre Dame 16; 3. Duke 15; 4. Minnesota 14; 5. (tie) Boston College, Northwestern 12; 7. (tie) Michigan, Rice 10; 9. Virginia 8; 10. (tie) Navy, North Carolina, Tulane 7

2015 – 1. Stanford 19; 2. Notre Dame 17; 3. (tie) Duke, Northwestern 15; 5. Minnesota 14; 6. Boston College 12; 7. Michigan 10; 8. Vanderbilt 8; 9. (tie) Arizona State, Illinois, Penn State, Texas, Tulane 7

2014 — 1. Notre Dame 15; 2. (tie) Duke, Stanford 14; 4. (tie) Boston College, Minnesota, Northwestern 12; 7. Penn State 8; 8. Vanderbilt 7; 9. (tie) Connecticut, Indiana, North Carolina, Ohio State, Ohio University 6

2013 — 1. (tie) Notre Dame, Duke 15; 3. Northwestern 14; 4. (tie) Boston College, Stanford 13; 6. (tie) Penn State, Vanderbilt 8; 8. Rice 7; 9. (tie) Texas, Illinois, Ohio State 6

2012 — 1. Notre Dame 17; 2. Duke 13; 3. (tie) Boston College, Northwestern, Stanford 10; 7. (tie) Texas, Wake Forest 7; 9. Rice 6; 10. (tie) Illinois, Miami (Fla.), Ohio State, Tulane 5

2011 — 1. Notre Dame 17; 2. Duke 15; 3. Boston College 11, 4. Vanderbilt 10; 5. (tie) Northwestern, Penn State, Stanford, Texas 9; 9. U.S. Naval Academy 8; 10. North Carolina 7

2010 — 1. Duke 15; 2. Notre Dame 14, 3. Boston College 13, 4. Northwestern 10, 5. U.S. Naval Academy 9, 6. (tie) North Carolina, Stanford 8; 8. Vanderbilt 7; 9. (tie) Michigan, Rice, Vanderbilt 6

2009 — 1. Notre Dame 14; 2. Duke 12; 3. (tie) Boston College, Stanford, U.S. Naval Academy 11; 6. Rice 7; 7. (tie) Michigan, North Carolina 6; 9. (tie) Northwestern, Penn State, Virginia, Wake Forest 5

2008 — 1. (tie) Duke, U.S. Naval Academy 12; 3. Notre Dame 11; 4. (tie) Boston College, Stanford 10; 6. (tie) North Carolina, Northwestern 8

2007 — 1. U.S. Naval Academy 14; 2. (tie) Boston College, Stanford 12; 4. (tie) Notre Dame, Duke, Rice 11; 7. Northwestern 9; 8. North Carolina 7

The APR provides a real-time look at a team's academic success each semester or quarter by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete. The APR includes eligibility, retention and graduation in the calculation and provides a clear picture of the academic culture in each sport.

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