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Four Toledo teams lead MAC in academic scores

The NCAA released its annual Academic Progress Rate (APR) figures May 8, and once again The University of Toledo received very impressive scores across the board.

For the four-year period from 2014-15 to 2017-18, all 16 Rocket varsity sports had at least a 957 score, well above the NCAA’s cut point of 930, with women’s golf, men’s tennis and women’s tennis leading the way with perfect 1,000 marks. Those three sports plus football (981) had either the highest APR score or were tied for the highest score in the Mid-American Conference.

Six other Rocket teams were within five APR points of the league leader: baseball, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, women’s soccer, women’s swimming and diving, and women’s volleyball.

“These impressive APR numbers are a reflection of the terrific job our student-athletes are doing in the classroom,” said UToledo Vice President and Athletic Director Mike O’Brien. “Strong APR numbers are a very good indicator that our student-athletes are on track to graduate, so it was no surprise when we saw 77 Rocket student-athletes receive their diplomas at spring commencement last week.”

APR is a gauge of every team’s academic performance at a given point in time. Points are awarded on a semester-by-semester basis for eligibility, retention and graduation of scholarship student-athletes. 1,000 is considered a perfect score. Sports that fail to reach the cut point (930) can be penalized with the loss of scholarships, practice restrictions and post-season bans.

The APR data released May 8 is a cumulative figure taken from the 2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17 and 2017-18 school years.

The University of Toledo Academic Progress Rates
Toledo Four-Year APR#

Baseball — 986

Men’s Basketball — 979

Men’s Cross Country — 957

Football — 981* 

Men’s Golf – 985

Men’s Tennis — 1,000* 

Women’s Basketball — 996 

Women’s Cross Country — 982

Women’s Golf — 1,000*

Women’s Soccer — 998 

Softball — 972

Women’s Swimming — 996 

Women’s Tennis — 1,000*

Women’s Track & Field — 976

Women’s Volleyball — 995
NCAA Cut Point — 930

#Four-year data from academic years 2014-15 through 2017-18

*Highest APR score or tied for highest score in the Mid-American Conference