CHICAGO - Seven Loyola University Chicago varsity athletics programs have earned perfect 1,000 Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores according to the most recent figures released today by the NCAA. Last week, it was revealed that eight Loyola teams earned APR Public Recognition Awards for having scores that ranked in the top 10 percent of their respective sport.
Loyola’s men’s golf, women’s cross country, women’s golf, softball, women’s soccer, women’s track and field and women’s volleyball programs all achieved perfect 1,000 scores in the current cohort. Four other programs – men’s cross country, men’s track and field, men’s volleyball and women’s basketball – had 991 scores or better and no Loyola team was lower than a 969.
Loyola led or shared the MVC lead in eight sports and the Ramblers accounted for seven of the 28 perfect 1,000 scores achieved by Valley teams. With seven teams posting scores of 1,000, Loyola ranked first among MVC schools, ahead of Missouri State and Northern Iowa, which had five apiece.
The Rambler women’s soccer and women’s track and field teams were the only programs in the MVC with perfect 1,000 scores in their respective sport.
Last week, the NCAA announced that eight Loyola teams earned Public Recognition Awards for ranking among the top 10 percent in their respective sport in the most recent APR data. Sixty-two percent (8-of-13) of its teams earned the recognition, leading the Missouri Valley Conference.
Every NCAA Division I sports team calculates its APR each academic year based on eligibility, retention and graduation of each scholarship student-athlete. The score also serves as a predictor of graduation success. All of the information in the latest report is for the past four academic years (2012-16). The entire searchable database can be found at ncaa.org.