Arizona has 10 record programs that achieve a perfect APR score
TUCSON, Ariz. – Arizona Athletics continues its historic academic success with the release of the most recent NCAA Academic Progression Rate data. The athletics department had ten programs that posted perfect single-year scores of 1,000 based on 2020-21 data. Arizona’s ten teams with perfect APR scores match its all-time high it achieved in 2020.
“The sustained excellence of Wildcat student-athletes in the classroom continues to reach new heights,” said Vice President and Athletic Director Dave Heke. “Our student-athletes accomplish academic feats in every way while proudly representing the University of Arizona and Southern Arizona. Arizona Athletics’ Wildcat Way mission continues to impact lives student-athletes by transforming them into academic, athletic, and lifelong champions. This unparalleled academic success is a testament to our student-athletes as well as our exceptional CATS academic staff who live the Wildcat Way every day.”
The ten programs in the department with perfect APR scores of 1000 for the year were women’s cross country, soccer, volleyball, men’s golf, men’s tennis, women’s basketball, gymnastics, women’s track and field, beach volleyball and softball.
The rise in student-athlete success in the classroom has been reflected in Arizona’s recent trend of perfect single-year scores of 1,000 in APR releases. Prior to this year’s record 10 programs, Arizona had 10 teams with perfect APR scores in 2020, nine in 2019 and eight in 2018.
The NCAA implemented APR in 2003 as part of an ambitious academic reform effort in Division I. The Academic Progress Rate (APR) holds institutions accountable for the academic progress of their student-athletes through a team metric that considers eligibility and retention. of each student-athlete for each academic term.
Other historic academic grades earned by Arizona Athletics this year included a spring semester department GPA of 3.082, which was the second-highest GPA for a spring semester in department history. Arizona also posted an 86% graduate pass rate in the most recent NCAA data, which was also the second-highest mark in school history.