Ohio State football program gets perfect score in NCAA Academic Progress Rate

Bill Rabinowitz
The Columbus Dispatch

Ohio State’s football team was among 15 Buckeye sports programs that achieved a perfect score in the NCAA’s Academic Progress Rate.

The NCAA released the latest scores on Tuesday, which covered the 2020-21 academic year.

The APR measures academic eligibility, retention and graduation rates by tracking every student-athlete’s progress. It does not take into account grade point average, for which OSU will reward its players starting this fall.

A perfect score is 1,000. The football team achieved that, as did the following sports: baseball, women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s fencing, men’s golf, men’s gymnastics, men’s soccer, wrestling, women’s golf, women’s swimming, women’s track, women’s volleyball, and rifle.

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The combined APR scores for all Buckeyes sports teams was 992, which is the second-best in school history. OSU had a 995 combined score in 2019-20.

“The current data shows not only that academics continued to be a priority under pandemic conditions for students, coaches and support staff, but also that a focus on academic success has been a core value over time at Ohio State,” said Dr. John Davidson, OSU’s faculty athletics representative in a statement released by the school.

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The football team’s multi-year score, which measures results from 2017-21, is 991. That ranks third in the Big Ten behind Northwestern (995) and Wisconsin (992) and tied for ninth nationally. Clemson and Mississippi had the highest score (999), followed by Alabama (997).

OSU’s men’s cross country, men’s and women’s golf, softball, women’s swimming, and wrestling all had perfect four-year scores.

Bill Rabinowitz covers Ohio State football for The Columbus Dispatch. Contact him at brabinowitz@dispatch.com or on Twitter @brdispatch.

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