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Head of the Class

Head of the Class

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - - Belmont University Athletics continues to add to its reputation as a model for academic excellence within NCAA Division I.

In assessing the 2019 NCAA Division I Academic Progress Rate (APR) data reporting, Belmont stands in exclusive company as one of only 11 NCAA Division I institutions with at least nine athletic teams earning APR Public Recognition List honors - men's basketball, women's basketball, men's golf, women's golf, women's cross country, men's cross country, men's track & field, women's soccer and women's tennis - while also having at least 60 percent of its total sport offerings making the list. It is a veritable who's who of the most prestigious universities in the country:

  • Belmont
  • Bradley
  • Colgate
  • Columbia
  • Gonzaga
  • Holy Cross
  • Lehigh
  • Northwestern
  • Notre Dame
  • Saint Louis
  • Villanova

Taken further, Belmont and Gonzaga are the only schools in 2019 to reach the APR milestone and have both men's and women's basketball programs reach the NCAA Tournament.

Belmont, the only institution in Division I men's basketball to make the Public Recognition List every year since its inception, stands as one of only 40 universities to have received Public Recognition Awards each of the 14 years of the program.

For the 2019 spring semester, the departmental grade point average (GPA) was 3.379, which marks the 43rd consecutive semester that Belmont student-athletes have earned a GPA of 3.0 or higher.