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UNC student-athletes show the best academic progression rates

The University of North Carolina baseball and football teams set their highest-ever single-year academic progression rates and the UNC average for all sports was 994 out of 1,000, which , for the second straight year, was the highest in the program since the NCAA began tracking APR for students. athletes in 2003.

Current data reflects the 2020-21 school year and four-year rates from 2017-2018 to 2020-21. The NCAA uses academic progression rates to track the academic performance of scholarship students who participate in varsity teams. The score measures eligibility and retention each semester by student-athletes at each NCAA institution.

Carolina’s single-year average of 994 tied for the ninth-highest score among the 65 Power 5 conference schools and its four-year average of 991 tied for 12e The highest.

The Tar Heel baseball and football teams both recorded a 1,000 for the first time. For football, it was the second year in a row that the team had its highest APR since the metric’s inception in 2003.

Carolina is one of only two schools in the nation whose baseball, men’s basketball, and soccer teams have all scored 1,000 points.


Soccer was one of eight men’s teams to reach the 1,000 mark in 2020-21, which tied the UNC record for the most perfect single-year scores by men’s teams. UNC previously had eight men’s teams that recorded thousands of points in 2014-15.


It was the ninth time that 10 or more women’s teams scored 1,000 points.


Eighteen Tar Heel teams posted thousands in 2020-21, an increase of three from a year ago. They include Baseball (first in program history), Men’s Basketball (9th), Men’s Cross Country (10th), Women’s Cross Country (12th), Soccer (1st), Men’s Fencing (11th), women’s fencing (18th), field hockey (10th), men’s golf (11th), women’s golf (17th), women’s lacrosse (11th), rowing (10th), men’s soccer (8th), soccer women’s (10th), men’s swimming and diving (12th), swimming and diving (13th), women’s tennis (15th) and volleyball (16th).


Eight programs – an increase of three from a year ago – compiled a four-year rate of 1,000. Teams with perfect four-year marks include men’s and women’s fencing, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s soccer, women’s swimming and diving, and women’s tennis.


Twenty-four of UNC’s 28 teams scored at least 980 and 21 scored at least 990 (a five-sport increase from a year ago).


Women’s fencing won a 1,000 in a single year for the 18th time in the RPA’s 18-year history. Women’s golf scored its fourth straight 1,000 and 17th overall and volleyball recorded its third straight 1,000 and 16th overall.


Men’s golf has the longest active streak of 1000 on the men’s side at six.