Athletics News
Fighting Illini Student-Athletes Shine in the Classroom

May 7, 2009

Champaign, Ill. -

With final exams on the horizon, and graduation just a few days away, University of Illinois student-athletes can be proud of their accomplishments in the classroom. The Academic Progress Rate (APR) for all Division I sports teams was released today by the NCAA and the UI compared very favorably with the nation, including three squads recognized among the Top 10 percent of the programs in the nation.

In the report released today, all 21 UI varsity sports easily surpassed the rate of 925 (out of 1,000) set by the NCAA as the threshold for teams to face possible sanctions. The APR, now in its fifth year, measures the eligibility, retention and graduation of student-athletes competing on every Division I sports team. It also serves as a predictor of graduation success. The most recent APR scores are multi-year rates based on the scores from the 2004-05, 2005-06, 2006-07 and 2007-08 academic years.

"We are very proud of the academic success of our student-athletes," said Director of Athletics Ron Guenther. "Several of our programs have been recognized for their APR ranking, and all of our programs worked hard to make sure they surpassed the standard set by the NCAA. The fact that more than 60 percent of our student-athletes earned better than a 3.0 grade point average is a testament to their effort and the commitment of our coaching and academic support staffs to succeed in the classroom."

The NCAA last month honored Division I sports teams with public recognition awards for their latest multi-year Academic Progress Rate scores. These teams posted multi-year APR scores in the top 10 percent of all squads in their respective sports. Illinois sports recognized were men's basketball, women's golf and women's indoor track.

The combined GPA of all UI student-athletes last fall was 3.052. In the spring of 2008, 16 out of 21 varsity sports earned a team GPA of 3.0 or higher. Seventeen student-athletes from 14 different sports earned a perfect 4.0 GPA. Sixty percent of all student-athletes earned GPA's better than 3.0. Over 54 percent of all student-athletes earned over a 3.0 GPA.