INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The VCU Field Hockey team has been recognized by the NCAA for their performance in the Academic Progress Rates and ranking in the top 10 percent of all NCAA Division I teams.
The Rams posted a perfect four-year APR score of 1,000. The most recent APRs are multiyear rates based on scores from the 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16 academic years. During that time, the squad has also been honored by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association for posting a team GPA ranking in the top five of all Division I Field Hockey teams on two occasions.
This past fall, the team posted the third-highest GPA. among Division I NFCHA member institutions with an overall team GPA of 3.58 for the fall 2016-17 semester. The Rams finished fifth in 2015 with a team GPA of 3.5.
In all, 17 VCU players were also named to the NFHCA All-Academic Squad. The National Academic Squad includes all student-athletes with a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher at the end of the 2016-17 fall semester.
The APR provides a real-time look at a team's academic success each semester by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete on scholarship. The APR accounts for eligibility, retention and graduation and provides a measure of each team's academic performance.
Overall, the NCAA recognized 1,203 teams for academic performance: 746 women's teams and 457 men's teams or co-ed teams. The total number of teams being recognized increased by 132 from a year ago, largely as a result of an increase in perfect scores. Scores for programs in the top 10 percent ranged from 984 to a perfect 1,000, with 1,090 teams earning a perfect score.