It’s no surprise that Duke’s athletes are intelligent. Duke is the hardest institution in the ACC to receive an acceptance letter from; Duke’s acceptance rate is 17%. Not just one team has intelligent athletes, either. All of the academic teams at Duke are blessed with highly intellectual individuals.
14 Duke athletic teams were honored by the NCAA this week for their Academic Performance Rate (APR). The awards are presented at the end of each year to the teams who finish among the top 10 percent of their respective sport.
The APR looks at a team’s academic success for each semester by tracking the academic progress of every student athlete. The APR also factors in eligibility, retention, and graduation rates in their calculations.
The 14 teams that received the honor include baseball, men’s basketball, women’s fencing, football, men’s golf, women’s golf, men’s lacrosse, women’s lacrosse, rowing, men’s soccer, men’s swimming and diving, men’s indoor track and field, volleyball and wrestling. Duke was tied for second for the institutions with the most teams recognized for the award. Stanford also had 14 teams receiving the honor, and Notre Dame had 15 teams receive the award.
The majority of ACC schools had at least one team be honored for their APR with Notre Dame (15), Boston College (12), North Carolina (6), Miami (5), Virginia (5), Georgia Tech (4), Florida State (3), Wake Forest (3), Maryland (2), N.C. State (2), Syracuse (2), Virginia Tech (2), Clemson (1) and Pittsburg (1).
This isn’t the only year where the majority of Duke’s athletic teams have performed well in the classroom. For the past eight years, Duke has been among the top in the nation for FBS schools who have multiple teams be recognized for their efforts with the APR.
Duke had the most teams recognized in the entire FBS in 2008 with 12 and also in 2010 with 15. Duke has been in the top two on several occasions (2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014). In 2007 Duke was tied for fourth.