March 27, 2006

Brown Among Nation's Best In NCAA Academic Rankings

March 27, 2006

Providence, RI - The NCAA recently released its Academic Progress Rates (APR) for the 2004-05 academic year and Brown University is one of only four schools in the nation to have more than 20 of its teams ranked in the top-10 percent of the APR.

Brown ranked second overall with 24 of its teams rated in the top-10 percent. In addition, the Bears ranked seventh nationally, and second among Division I schools, with an APR measurement of 994 on a scale of 1 to 1,000.

Overall, the Ivy League stands atop the APR measurements with 29 of the League's 33 championship sports being rated. 17 of those had the nation's top progress rate and seven Ivy rankings were second nationally.

The APR measures semester-by-semester progress toward graduation of every individual team in Division I.

In the 20 broad-based sports - sponsored by schools in at least 90 percent of the nation's 31 Division I conferences - the Ivy League had an average ranking of 994 (out of a possible 1,000).

That was, by a wide margin, the top figure in the nation. The Patriot League was second at 984.3 followed in order by the Atlantic Coast Conference (972.4), the Big 10 Conference (972.1) and the Atlantic 10 Conference (972.0). The rest of the top 10 included the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (969.6), the West Coast Conference (968.9), the Big East Conference (968.0), the Colonial Athletic Association (967.7) and the America East Conference (965.7).

In the 20 'national' sports, the Ivy League had the nation's best APR in 15 - baseball, men's and women's basketball, women's cross country, football, men's golf, softball, men's and women's soccer, women's tennis, men's and women's indoor track and field, men's and women's outdoor track and field and volleyball.

Of the remaining five 'national' sports, the Ivy League was ranked second in four (men's cross country, men's and women's swimming and diving and men's tennis) and the stellar women's golf rating of 995.2 was third overall.