Gophers continue to excel in NCAA’s APR awards

May 4, 2017
An M flag waving in the wind

The NCAA has announced that 11 University of Minnesota Golden Gopher programs have been honored with Academic Progress Rates (APR) Public Recognition Awards. The awards are given each year to collegiate programs scoring in the top 10 percent of each sport based on their most recent multi-year APR. 

Overall, the University of Minnesota is among one of the top FBS institutions with the highest percentage of teams earning APR Awards. This ranked behind only Stanford (17), Notre Dame (14), Boston College (12), and Duke (12). Minnesota tied for first in the Big Ten with Michigan. The Gophers and Wolverines also rank as the highest public institutions, which marks the fourth-straight year for Minnesota. 

Baseball, football, men's cross country, men's golf, men's hockey, men's tennis, women's golf, women's soccer, women's swimming and diving, women's tennis, and women's track ranked in the top 10 of their sport. Since the APR Public Recognition Awards began in 2004-05, it marks the seventh-straight year for men's tennis, sixth-straight for baseball and soccer, fifth-straight for women's tennis, fourth-straight for women's golf and women's swimming and diving, and second for football, men's cross country, men's golf, men's hockey, and women's track. 

"As the athletics director, I don't know if there's anything I share with Gopher fans that gives me more pride in our students and our staff than our streak, now four straight years, as the nation's top-ranked public institution with respect to the APR and its honors awards," said Athletics Director Mark Coyle. "Our department is committed to academic excellence and today's announcement is further proof of that commitment. It's inspiring to see students from so many different Gopher teams continue to achieve at such a high level academically."