The classroom success of App State student-athletes enabled the Mountaineers to post the best numbers among Sun Belt Conference schools when the NCAA released its latest Academic Progress Rate (APR) data this week.
With a release of information through the 2020-21 cycle, App State led the league by having six teams record a perfect multiyear (four-year) average score of 1,000. App State also ranked first among Sun Belt schools with a multiyear average of 989.3 when taking all sports within an athletics department into account.
App State tied for first place among Sun Belt schools by having 10 of its teams record a perfect single-year score of 1,000 in 2020-21.
In all, App State had 13 of its sports record multiyear average scores that ranked among the top three teams in their respective leagues. Fifteen App State sports teams had multiyear averages higher than the national public institution average for their specific sports.
The App State programs with perfect single-year scores were, in alphabetical order: field hockey, men’s cross country, men’s golf, soccer, tennis, volleyball, women’s cross country, women’s golf, women’s track & field and wrestling.
Men’s cross country, men’s golf, tennis, volleyball, women’s cross country and women’s golf had perfect multiyear averages.
After App State’s six single-year scores of 1,000, Arkansas State and South Alabama tied for second in the Sun Belt with five apiece. Arkansas State ranked second behind App State when calculating multiyear averages based on every sport at a school. Georgia State tied App State for the league lead by also having 10 of its teams record a single-year score of 1,000 in 2020-21.
All of App State’s varsity teams possessed multiyear APR scores higher than 965 — the minimum APR multiyear standard for an NCAA team with no potential penalties is 930, with the latest four-year period including the 2017-18, 2018-19, 2019-20 and 2020-21 academic years.
Each academic year, every Division I sports team across the country calculates its APR using a consistent formula. Each term, scholarship student-athletes can earn one point for remaining eligible and one point for staying in school or graduating.
Typically, NCAA teams that scored below the benchmark would have to face penalties that encourage an emphasis and prioritization on academics. However, due to the current penalty suspension in place, NCAA teams will not be subjected to penalties this year. Last year, APR data was not released publicly.
Reaching a full decade to conclude the 2022 spring semester, App State student-athletes extended their impressive streak to 10 consecutive years with a cumulative GPA above 3.0. The Mountaineers ended the spring with a 3.16 semester GPA for all student-athletes, helping raise the cumulative GPA for all student-athletes to 3.23.
Every program at App State finished the spring with a semester GPA above 2.9, and every program at App State also has a cumulative GPA above 2.9.