The NCAA updated its measure of academic success for the first time in two years. Academic Progress Rate (APR) data was released Tuesday after a one-year hiatus in 2021, and all 24 Notre Dame varsity sports had multi-year rate scores well clear of the 930 minimum. Fifteen posted a perfect 1,000.
The average Notre Dame APR score was 997. Each individual team scored above its respective sport’s average. Football’s 984 APR was 15 points above the FBS average of 969. The men’s basketball APR of 994 is above the 968 average. Women’s basketball had a 995 APR compared to the 983 average. Baseball’s 994 is 17 points higher than the average.
Notre Dame’s institutional record for perfect scores in a single year is 17 in 2015. This year marks the sixth time Notre Dame has posted at least 13 perfect APR finishes.
The NCAA created APR in 2003 to provide a better real‐time measurement of academic success and accountability than graduation rate, which was computed using a federally mandated method based on a six-year span and did not account for transfers. It defines APR as “a team-based metric that accounts for the eligibility and retention of each student-athlete for each academic term.”
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Scholarship student-athletes earn one point per term for remaining eligible and one point for staying in school or graduating. Every Division I athletic department submits that data for each academic year. The NCAA computes single-year rates and four-year rates, and penalties for poor academic performance are based on the latter. Penalties have been suspended since 2020 due to the impact of COVID-19.
The current APR multi-year data is from the 2017-18 through 2020-21 academic years.
Notre Dame APR scores by team
Men’s basketball: 994
Women’s basketball: 995
Men’s cross country: 1,000
Women’s cross country: 1,000
Men’s fencing: 1,000
Women’s fencing: 1,000
Men’s golf: 993
Women’s golf: 1,000
Men’s lacrosse: 998
Women’s lacrosse: 1,000
Men’s soccer: 993
Women’s soccer: 997
Men’s swimming and diving: 1,000
Women’s swimming and diving: 1,000
Men’s tennis: 1,000
Women’s tennis: 1,000
Men’s track and field: 1,000
Women’s track and field: 997