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CSU leads the Mountain West with 10 perfect APR scores

Colorado State athletics set a new school record for the 2015-16 school year with a league-leading ten of the university’s 14 athletic programs receiving perfect Academic Progress Rate scores of 1,000, the NCAA announced Wednesday.

“Being the leader in the Mountain West in APR is definitely a feather in our University’s cap,” Director of Athletics Joe Parker said in a news release.


“This is a tribute to our coaches for recruiting quality student-athletes, the professors and instructors here at Colorado State in their teaching excellence and our academic staff for continuing to work with all student-athletes to succeed in the classroom. However, the greatest portion of the credit is to the student-athletes for their efforts in their studies and taking advantage of the great resources and opportunities afforded them here at CSU. I am very proud of this as we again fulfill the first part of our department’s mission `To Educate’ and look forward to the continued efforts of all those involved.”

The NCAA releases APR scores each spring based on the previous academic year. When calculating the APR score, very scholarship athlete is worth two points. If the student-athlete remains eligible, it is worth one point and they earn another for remaining in school or graduating. 

A group of CSU distance Track athletes run in a pack for the duration of the 1,500 meter race at the Rams vs. Cowboys Track meet on Friday May 5, 2017. Athletes from left to right, Sophomores Carson Hume and Trent Powell, Seniors Adam Hartman and Ricardo Kaempfen and Sophomore Eli Oftedal. (Matt Begeman | Collegian)

The sports programs that earned single-year perfect APRs are men’s cross country, men’s golf, men’s track & field, women’s basketball, women’s cross country, women’s golf, women’s soccer, women’s swimming & diving, women’s volleyball and women’s track & field. The other programs (football, men’s basketball, softball and women’s tennis) all scored above 955, which surpassed the NCAA standard of 930.

The Rams earned scores of 959 or better for the four-year period of 2012-13 to 2015-16 in all sports, with women’s soccer and men’s cross country earning perfect scores. Along with CSU, NCAA APR scores are rising across the nation.

Per the NCAA, Division I student-athletes improved academically for the 13th consecutive year, earning another all-time high four-year Academic Progress Rate. The 2015-16 overall four-year rate is 981, up two points from the four-year rate announced last year.

In a news release, NCAA President President Mark Emmert commented on the improved academic figures.

“I am so pleased that the Academic Progress Rates continue to rise, but I am more excited about what those numbers mean: Thousands of college athletes continue to make real progress toward earning their degrees,” Emmert said. “A college degree, combined with the skills they learn while participating in sports, will provide countless opportunities for them later in life.”


Highest Percentage of perfect 2015-16 APR scores


(relative to sport sponsorship in Mountain West)

Colorado State



Boise State



San Jose State



San Diego State






Air Force






New Mexico






Utah State






Fresno State



CSU’s Combined Multiyear APR (four years from 2012-13 to 2015-16)

Men’s Basketball



Men’s Cross Country






Men’s Golf



Men’s Track



Women’s Basketball



Women’s Cross Country



Women’s Golf






Women’s Soccer



Women’s Swimming & Diving



Women’s Tennis



Women’s Volleyball



Women’s Track




Collegian sports director Justin Michael can be reached by email at or Twitter @JustinTMichael.

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