The USC and Clemson football teams were among 13 schools that were recognized by the NCAA for their latest multi-year APR score. Boise State, Boston College, Duke, Georgia Tech, Northwestern, Rutgers, Stanford, Missouri, Nebraska, Wisconsin and Utah State are the other 11 schools.
The APR stands for “Academic Progress Rate” and its score is calculated by factoring eligibility, retention, graduation, and academic performance.
Clemson is one of only five programs ranked in the top 10 in each of the past four years. The Tigers and Stanford are the only two programs that finished the season ranked with a top ten ranking in the Coaches’ poll and the APR rankings.
“This is a tremendous accomplishment and a testament to the hard work of Coach Swinney, our coaches, student-athletes and staff and their commitment to the academic mission of the Clemson football program,” Clemson Athletic Director Dan Radakovich said.
Maria Hickman, USC’s Associate Athletics Director for Academics, said “The APR rate for football is a reflection of the hard work and dedication from the student-athletes and support from the academic staff and coaches.”
The full APR reports will be out next week.
Best APR scores: Northwestern: 996 Boise State: 993 Duke: 989 Clemson: 985 Wisconsin: 985 Georgia Tech: 983 Boston College: 982 Missouri: 982 Ohio State: 982 Rice: 979
And here are the average APR scores for the five power conferences (via Brett McMurphy): Big Ten: 964.9 ACC: 964.5 SEC: 957.1 Pac-12: 952.5 Big 12: 947.1