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Gophers athletes dominate in the classroom

Gophers athletes dominate in the classroom

Gopher Sports Information
Created: May 19, 2020 08:53 PM

Courtesy: Gopher Sports Information

The NCAA released its most recent Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores on Tuesday and Minnesota once again showed its academic excellence.

Six Gopher programs earned a perfect 1,000 multiyear rate, which collects data from four academic years. Those six programs included baseball, men's and women's cross country, men's and women's tennis and women's golf.

The Gophers also had a record-setting 19 programs earn a perfect APR score in the most recent reporting year, 2018-19: baseball, women's basketball, men's and women's cross country, football, men's and women's golf, men's and women's gymnastics, men's and women's swimming and diving, men's and women's tennis, rowing, soccer, softball, women's track & field, volleyball and wrestling. The previous school record of 18 was set during the 2012-13 academic year.


APR scores are determined by eligibility and retention for each student-athlete on scholarship during a specific academic year. Each student-athlete earned one point for each semester he or she is enrolled and one point for each semester he or she is eligible for intercollegiate competition. A student-athlete can earn a maximum of four points during an academic year. Additional points are not given for student-athletes that graduate at the end of the semester, rather the student-athlete is awarded one point for retention and one point for eligibility.

APR is then calculated by taking the number of possible points for a particular sport for the four years and dividing that number by the total number of points earned from student-athlete retention and eligibility over the same period of time. The percentage is then multiplied by 1,000 to obtain the multiyear rate used in the report.

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