How the APR works


The NCAA measures the Academic Progress Rate for each sports program at every school.

Each program needs to meet a minimum average APR of at least 930 over four years to be eligible for postseason play, including conference tournaments, bowls and NCAA championships.

The APR is calculated using the following formula:

It is calculated on a four-year average. To be eligible to compete in the postseason, a program needs a minimum average of 930.

Each athlete can earn up to four points each academic year, two per semester. He or she can earn up to one point each semester for being academically eligible and one point each term for being retained by the university as a full-time student or graduates.

The APR score is determined by dividing the number of points earned by the number of potential points. If a football program has the maximum of 85 scholarship players, the highest number of points in an academic year is 340. If that program earns 320 points, its APR for the academic year is 941 out of a possible 1,000.

That program must average 316 to 317 points each academic year to reach the minimum of 930.

In other words, athletes must earn 93 percent of the maximum possible points for their program to be eligible for postseason play.