A perfect 1,000 score for the UCF women’s tennis team led the way in another impressive performance by UCF’s athletics teams in the latest annual Academic Progress Rate data released today by the NCAA.
The NCAA created the APR in 2004 to measure academic success as well as improve graduation rates at member institutions. The measurement holds each university accountable for the success of student-athletes in the classroom and their progress toward graduation. The release of APR information today by the NCAA includes data through the 2017-18 academic year.
The UCF women’s tennis program achieved a perfect 1,000 multi-year score for the eighth straight year, joining the Knights’ football team (987) in earning NCAA Public Recognition Awards for ranking in the top 10 percent of APR for their sports. Four additional UCF programs — men’s golf, women’s golf, women’s soccer and women’s volleyball — had single-year scores of 1,000.
The women’s tennis team is in the middle of arguably its best season in school history. After earning the program’s first conference championship title in 17 years, the Knights are in the hunt for an NCAA championship trophy after advancing to the Sweet 16 thanks to victories in early rounds over Alabama and Florida State. The Knights resume play in the tournament Friday in Malibu, California, against No. 6 national seed Pepperdine.
The Knights continue to be among the top schools in the nation and the state in regard to APR.
Ten of UCF’s 15 programs are equal to or above the national average for their sport: men’s golf, football, men’s basketball, women’s tennis, women’s rowing, women’s volleyball, women’s soccer, softball, women’s track and field and women’s basketball. Indoor and outdoor track are combined for purposes of APR.
Three UCF programs rank No. 1 in the state of Florida among Football Bowl Subdivision programs — football, women’s rowing and women’s tennis.
With its multi-year score of 987, the UCF football team ranks among the top five public FBS programs nationally alongside Clemson (992); Washington (991); Utah (989) and Ohio State (987).