Florida’s APR scores strong again

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UF graduation at the O'Connell Center. [Lauren Bacho/Gainesville Sun]

Special to Gatorsports.com

It’s high marks in all sports again for Florida athletics in the Academic Progress Rate, the NCAA announced Tuesday.

The NCAA recognized the APR of five Florida teams last week as they ranked in the top 10 percent of their sport – men’s basketball, women’s golf, gymnastics, lacrosse and volleyball.

“Last week, we announced an overall student-athlete GPA of 3.40 for the spring semester – the highest in program history,” Florida athletic director Scott Stricklin said. “Now today’s APR is another example of the Gator student-athletes’ commitment to their academic performance.”

Fourteen Florida teams exceeded or equaled its sport’s national average. This includes Florida football team’s 974, which is above the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision national average of 968, while men’s basketball’s 995 is among the sport’s top 10 percent.

Beginning this year, a portion of NCAA revenue is distributed to members based on student-athletes’ academic achievement, including APR scores. Schools earn one academic achievement unit per year if its student-athletes meet at least one of these requirements:

  • Earn an overall single-year all-sport APR of 985 or higher
  • Earn an overall all-sport Graduation Success Rate of 90% or higher
  • Earn a federal graduation rate that is at least 13 percentage points higher than the federal graduation rate of the student-body at that school

Florida qualifies for the NCAA revenue distribution as it meets the first two points.

The APR provides a real-time look at a team’s academic success by tracking eligibility and progress toward graduation of each student-athlete on scholarship. The current report contains multi-year rates based on the four years from the 2015-16 academic year through the 2018-19 academic year.

To compete in 2020-21 postseason action, teams must achieve a 930 four-year APR in this report. This is the 16th year of the APR.

Florida Team-by-Team APR
Sport 2018-19 APR DI Average
Baseball 976 977
Basketball (Men’s) 995 966
Basketball (Women’s) 981 983
Cross Country (Men’s) 992 982
Cross Country (Women’s) 990 989
Football (FBS) 974 968
Golf (Men’s) 993 987
Golf (Women’s) 1000 992
Gymnastics 1000 994
Lacrosse 1000 994
Soccer 996 990
Softball 991 986
Swimming & Diving (Men’s) 977 983
Swimming & Diving (Women’s) 981 993
Tennis (Men’s) 988 983
Tennis (Women’s) 991 991
Track & Field (Men’s) 979 974
Track & Field (Women’s) 963 984
Volleyball 1000 988