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Eight Duke Teams Post Perfect APR Scores
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 05/14/2014
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DURHAM, N.C.— Eight Duke University varsity athletics programs registered a perfect 1000 score in the most recent multi-year Academic Progress Report (APR) data released on Wednesday by the NCAA.

Overall, Duke’s teams averaged 993 points.  For the four academic years ending in 2012-13, all of Duke’s squads scored at least 975 points.

The Duke football and men’s basketball squads were two of the school’s teams to earn the highest APR scores among ACC institutions in conference-sponsored sports. Duke led the way in football with a score of 992, while the men’s basketball squad was tops in the league with 995 points.  In all, Duke totaled the highest APR scores among ACC institutions in 10 of the league’s 25 sports ― men’s basketball, football , men’s golf (1000), men’s soccer (995), men’s swimming and diving (1000), women’s golf (1000), women’s lacrosse (1000), rowing (1000), volleyball (1000) and wrestling (1000).  For women’s fencing, which becomes an ACC-sponsored sport in 2014-15, Duke posted a perfect 1000 APR score.

The Blue Devil football program, which ranked first among all FBS schools and second among all Division I – FBS and FCS – programs, was tops in the league, followed by Clemson (983), Georgia Tech (983), Boston College (981), Virginia Tech (977), Miami (972), Wake Forest (970), Syracuse (965), Pittsburgh (961), Florida State (958), Virginia (956), Maryland (950), N.C. State (950) and North Carolina (938).  

For men’s basketball, Duke ranked first in the conference along with both Notre Dame (995) and Pittsburgh (995), followed by Miami (990), Clemson (989), Georgia Tech (989), Syracuse (969), Virginia Tech (960), N.C. State (959), Florida State (955), Maryland (953), Wake Forest (953), Boston College (951), Virginia (945) and North Carolina (938).

Last week, it was announced that 14 Duke varsity athletics programs were honored by the NCAA for placing among the top 10 percent in their respective sports nationally in the latest multi-year APR report. The Blue Devils' baseball, men's basketball, women's fencing, football, men's golf, women’s golf, men’s lacrosse, women’s lacrosse, rowing, men's soccer, men's swimming and diving, men's indoor track and field, volleyball and wrestling programs were among those listed by the NCAA.

Each year, the NCAA tracks the classroom performance of student-athletes on every Division I team through the annual scorecard of academic achievement, known as APR. The score measures eligibility and retention each semester or quarter and provides a clear picture of the academic culture in each sport. The most recent APRs are multi-year rates based on scores from the 2009-10 and 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13 academic years.  Beginning with 2012-13 championships, teams were required to post a minimum 900 four-year average APR or a 930 average over the most recent two years to be eligible to participate. For 2014-15 championships, teams must earn a 930 four-year average APR or a 940 average over the most recent two years to participate in championships. In 2015-16 and beyond, teams must earn a four-year APR of 930 to compete in championships.

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