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Student-athletes in five sports lead or share the lead in the highest Rates of Academic Progress in the Colonial Athletic Association.

The Elon University Athletics Department released some of its best Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores in its history, according to new scores from 2017 to 2021 released Tuesday by the NCAA. Thirteen of the 17 college teams had the same or better APR compared to a year ago.

All 17 sports have multi-year APRs at or above the national four-year rate.
APR of 984. Football, men’s golf, women’s basketball, softball, and volleyball lead or share the lead in their respective sports with the highest APR scores in the Colonial Athletic Association.

“Today’s news continues to reflect our student-athletes’ commitment to academic excellence,” said Elon Athletic Director Dave Blank. “It takes a great deal of effort and collaboration from our students, coaches and our academic support staff to achieve these goals and we are proud of all of their academic accomplishments.”

Elon had 10 teams post a perfect yearly rate: baseball, men’s cross country, men’s golf, men’s soccer, men’s tennis, women’s basketball, lacrosse, softball, women’s tennis, and volleyball. The girls’ basketball team has achieved a perfect annual score for 11 consecutive years, while the softball and volleyball programs have achieved it for six consecutive years.

From a multi-year perspective, all 17 Elon teams scored 980 points or higher. Men’s golf, women’s basketball, softball, women’s tennis and volleyball earned a perfect score of 1,000. Lacrosse (998), women’s soccer (995), track and field (995), women’s cross country (993), soccer (992), men’s tennis (991), men’s basketball (990), and men’s cross country (990) all recorded scores of 990 or higher and baseball (987), women’s golf (987) and men’s soccer (984) also posted excellent scores.

APR is a real-time measure of eligibility, retention, and graduation for student-athletes who compete on each NCAA Division I athletic team. Each academic year, all Division I sports teams across the country calculate their 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, student-athletes recruited are tracked.

The most recent scores are based on a multi-year rate that includes scores from the 2017-18, 2018-19, 2019-20, and 2020-21 academic years.

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