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Jun 04, 2024

Eleven Programs Set APR Records in 2022-23 Release


CLEMSON, S.C. – Eleven Clemson Athletic programs set or tied multi-year records for Academic Progress Rate (APR) in the NCAA’s data release on Tuesday, including nine perfect 1,000 multi-year scores. All seventeen of Clemson’s eligible programs were at 984 or better. A record ten programs earned Public Recognition Awards, given annually to teams earning multiyear Academic Progress Rates in the top 10 percent of all squads in each sport.

As a whole, Clemson recorded a 995 mark as a department, its second-highest on record.

The release includes the 2019-20 through 2022-23 academic years. The APR cohorts begin in the 2004-05 academic year.

Men’s Basketball, Men’s Cross Country, Women’s Golf, Men’s Golf, Softball, Women’s Soccer, Women’s Tennis, Women’s Track and Volleyball comprised the perfect 1,000 multi-year scores, while Men’s Soccer (995) and Men’s Track (997) also set program records.

Program Notes:
• The Football program’s 995 multi-year score was the second-highest in the ACC, and fifth among Division I FBS institutions. During this period, Clemson Football won two ACC championships and advanced to two College Football Playoffs.
• Football has been among the top ten percent of all football programs nationally in 12 of the last 13 years and is the only program in the country to rank among the 25 FBS schools in both APR rate and the AP Poll in each of the last 12 seasons. Clemson, Air Force and Northwestern are the only FBS programs to produce a 990+ multi-year APR in each of the last five reported cycles.
• Men’s Basketball is one of eight Power-Six programs with a 1000 score and one of two in the ACC. It is the program’s third 1000 in its history and its first since the 2015-16 cohort.
• Men’s Cross Country has recorded a multi-year score of 1000 for seven consecutive cohorts.
• Men’s Soccer’s 995 tied its record (set last season) in a cohort that includes the 2021 National Championship team and the 2020 ACC Championship team.
• Softball has been at 1000 in each of its first three eligible cohorts, and is one of five ACC softball programs to record a multi-year rate of 1,000.
• Women’s Basketball’s 986 was its third-highest on record.
• Women’s Golf has recorded a 1,000 in all nine years in which they’ve been eligible.
• Women’s Soccer has been above a 990 for each of the eight previous years, and at 997 or better in each of the past seven cohorts. They are one of four ACC programs with a 1000, and made the NCAA Tournament in all four of the cohorts.
• Women’s Track tied its program-record 1000, set last season. Clemson was one of three ACC programs to record a 1000 in this cohort.
• Volleyball has been at 994 or higher in eight consecutive cohorts.
• Lacrosse earned a 989 in its first-ever APR calculation.
• Clemson’s Gymnastics team, which just concluded its first competitive season, will be eligible in the 2023-24 cohort.

Scores: Multi-Year (2019-23); Bold: Program Record; *Public Recognition Award (Top 10% Nationally)
Women’s Sports:
Basketball: 985
Cross Country: 986
Golf: 1000*
Lacrosse: 989
Rowing: 995
Soccer: 1000*
Softball 1000*
Tennis: 1000*
Track: 1000*
Volleyball: 1000*

Men’s Sports:
Baseball: 984
Football: 995*
Basketball: 1000*
Cross Country: 1000*
Golf: 1000*
Soccer: 995
Tennis: 985
Track: 997

The Academic Progress Rate is a real-time measure of eligibility and retention of student-athletes competing on every Division I sports team.

The most recent APR scores are based on a multi-year rate that averages scores from the 2019-20, 2020-21, 2021-22 and 2022-23 academic years. Under the revised penalty structure, the Division I Board of Directors has set a cut score of 930 (out of 1,000) as a threshold for teams to meet or face possible sanctions. An APR of 930 projects a 50 percent Graduation Success Rate (GSR). The goal of the NCAA’s academic performance program is improvement, not punishment. Not only does the program ensure accountability for student-athletes, teams and institutions, but it also provides fairness by considering individual circumstances per team and school.