Stanford Excels in APR Results

STANFORD, Calif. – Thirteen Stanford varsity programs produced a perfect 1,000 score for the 2022-23 academic year, according to Academic Progress Rate (APR) data released by the NCAA on Tuesday.

Seven men's sports and six women's earned perfect scores. The men's sports were baseball, basketball, cross country, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis, and track and field. The women's sports were beach volleyball, field hockey, golf, lacrosse, soccer, and tennis. 

In addition, four programs earned perfect multi-year scores: Baseball, men's basketball, women's golf, and men's volleyball. The multi-year scores measure data collected over a span of four academic years (2019-20, 2020-21, 2021-22, and 2022-23). 

Overall, 13 Stanford teams scored 990 or higher in the multi-year rate, including women's lacrosse (998), men's gymnastics (997), men's soccer (997), women's gymnastics (995), softball (995), men's swimming and diving (994), women's track and field (994), women's volleyball (992), and women's soccer (990). 

The APR is an annual scorecard of academic achievement calculated for all Division I sports teams. The APR measures eligibility, graduation and retention each semester or academic term and provides a clear picture of the academic performance for each team in every sport. All teams must meet an academic threshold of 930 to qualify for the postseason and can face penalties for continued low academic performance.

Each academic year, every Division I sports team calculates its APR using a simple and consistent formula. Each term, scholarship student-athletes can earn 1 point for remaining eligible and 1 point for staying in school or graduating. For schools that do not offer scholarships, recruited student-athletes are tracked.

This is the second year of publicly reported APRs after a one-year COVID-19 hiatus. Last spring, the Division I Board of Directors approved the release of APR scores but voted to continue the suspension of program penalties.

The minimum APR academic standard for each team is 930. Typically, teams that scored below the benchmark would have to face penalties that encourage an emphasis and prioritization on academics. 

The four-year APR national average for Division I teams remained steady at 984 this year, as the division marked the 20th anniversary of APR data collection. During those 20 years, overall student-athlete academic success has risen substantially.

Compared with the four-year period before the COVID-19 pandemic (2015-16 through 2018-19), the overall national four-year average across all sports increased 1 point. At the sport level, changes in the national average were small. Compared with pre-pandemic averages, baseball increased 1 point to 978, football fell 1 point to 963, men's basketball increased 2 points to 968 and women's basketball decreased 2 points to 981.