CHAPEL HILL – The 2017 NCAA champion men's basketball team and the 2016 women's lacrosse national champions are two of 16 University of North Carolina athletic programs to score a perfect 1000 in the NCAA's latest Academic Progress Rates for the academic year 2015-16. This is the third consecutive year the UNC men's basketball and women's lacrosse teams recorded a 1000.
Men's cross country, men's and women's fencing, field hockey, men's and women's golf, gymnastics, rowing, men's soccer, softball, women's swimming and diving, men's and women's tennis and volleyball also scored 1000 in 2015-16.
Men's basketball and women's lacrosse are also among the 19 Tar Heel programs whose multi-year APRs exceed the national averages for their respective sports (one other UNC sport equaled the national average and four are within three points of the national average). Baseball, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's cross country, women's fencing, field hockey, women's golf, gymnastics, women's lacrosse, rowing, men's soccer, softball, men's and women's swimming and diving, men's and women's tennis, men's track and field and volleyball all exceeded their national averages. Women's track and field equaled the national average.
The NCAA uses the Academic Progress Rate to track the academic performance of scholarship students who compete on varsity teams. The score measures eligibility and retention each semester by student athletes at every NCAA institution. The APRs released today include single-year scores for 2015-16 and four-year rates that reflect scores from the 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16 academic years.
“To have 16 teams – including two of our national championship teams -- score a perfect 1000 and 19 exceed the national average is impressive, as is our continued upward trend in football and baseball,” says Director of Athletics Bubba Cunningham. “These scores are a testament to our students' dedication to success in the classroom as well as in competition, and to our coaches' commitment to recruit well-rounded young people.”
Carolina's overall all-sport rate for 2015-16 is 984, the third time in as many years the Tar Heels have scored that high.
The women's fencing and golf teams scored 1000 in 2015-16 for the 13th time in as many years. Gymnastics and volleyball earned 1000s for the 12th time and men's and women's tennis scored their 10th perfect marks.
Other sport-by-sport APR highlights include:
• Baseball scored its second consecutive 987 and has scored 986 or 987 in each of the last four years;
• Men's cross country scored its fourth consecutive 1000 and sixth in the last seven years;
• Football improved to 961, a higher score for the third straight year;
• Men's golf scored its third 1000 in the last five years;
• Men's lacrosse has a four-year rate of 978;
• Men's soccer scored its third straight 1000 and has a four-year rate of 997;
• Men's swimming and diving has nine 1000s overall and a four-year rate of 996;
• Men's tennis registered 1000 for the sixth straight year;
• Track and field has four-year rates of 982 for the women and 975 for the men;
• Wrestling posted a 985 for the year and has three straight years with at least a 980;
• Women's basketball has a four-year rate of 990;
• Women's cross country has a four-year rate of 989;
• Field hockey had its third consecutive 1000 and has a four-year rate of 995;
• Rowing scored its eighth 1000 and has a four-year rate of 989;
• Women's soccer recorded at least a 987 for the third year in a row;
• Softball had its third 1000 in the last four years;
• Women's swimming and diving scored its ninth 1000 and has a four-year rate of 998;
• Women's tennis posted its seven straight 1000 and ninth in the last 10 years
A week ago, the NCAA honored eight Tar Heel teams for having four-year rates in the top 10 percent of their respective sports: men's cross country, women's fencing, women's golf, gymnastics, men's soccer, men's tennis, women's tennis and volleyball.