May 19, 2020

Ohio State Posts Outstanding APR Numbers


COLUMBUS, Ohio – Programs in the Ohio State Department of Athletics have been outstanding in the classroom recently, as evidenced by Academic Progress Rate numbers released Tuesday.

In the 16th year of APR data for most teams, the scores provide 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 academic eligibility, retention and graduation and provides a measure of each team’s academic performance. The most recent APR scores are based on a multi-year rate that averages scores from the 2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19 academic years.

Dr. John Davidson, Ohio State Faculty Athletics Representative, noted the impressive performance as a department overall.

“This was a remarkable year for the Buckeyes in the Academic Progress Rate, a key measure of student-athlete academic success. The most recent single-year statistics show that 21 Ohio State teams received all the points possible for academic eligibility and retention and our athletics programs as a whole averaged an amazing 995/1000 – by far the highest in recent memory.”

Among the highlights …

  • For the 2018-19 school year, Ohio State student-athletes combined for a 995 single-year APR, with 21 teams posting perfect 1000 scores.
    • Teams with 1000 scores: men’s basketball, men’s cross country, men’s golf, men’s gymnastics, men’s soccer, men’s swimming, men’s tennis, men’s track and field, men’s volleyball, women’s basketball, women’s cross country, women’s fencing, women’s golf, women’s gymnastics, women’s ice hockey, women’s lacrosse, softball, women’s swimming, women’s tennis, women’s volleyball and rifle.
  • Twenty-three teams either increased their single-year score or maintained a perfect score.
  • Looking at multi-year scores, 11 teams have scores of 990 or better and 23 are at 980 or higher.
    • 990+ teams: men’s cross country, men’s fencing, men’s golf, men’s tennis, men’s volleyball, women’s golf, women’s gymnastics, women’s soccer, women’s swimming, women’s tennis, women’s volleyball.
    • Teams with 980-989: football, men’s ice hockey, men’s lacrosse, women’s cross country, women’s rowing, women’s fencing, field hockey, women’s ice hockey, women’s lacrosse, softball, women’s track and field and rifle.

Last week, six Ohio State teams – men’s cross country, men’s and women’s golf, women’s gymnastics, women’s soccer and men’s tennis – were honored with Public Recognition Awards. The awards are given each year to teams scoring in the Top 10 percent in each sport based on their most recent multi-year Academic Progress Rates (APR). All six had perfect 1,000 multi-year APR scores.

In 2019-20, the Buckeyes had an outstanding year in the classroom, with 647 named Ohio State Scholar-Athletes. In addition, 206 have received Academic All-Big Ten honors, with spring and at-large sports to be recognized later this spring. This spring, 172 current and former student-athletes earned degrees, joining 79 graduates combined from the Summer and Autumn 2019 terms.