INDIANAPOLIS — Ole Miss Athletics continues to rise in the classroom, again breaking the department record for highest APR score with a multi-year average of 992 in the NCAA’s annual APR publication on Tuesday.
Release of APR data for 2020-21 resumed for the first time since 2019-20 after a year-long hiatus last year due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. This spring, the Division I Board of Directors voted to suspend APR penalties for an additional year due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic; however, it supported the public release of the annual percentage rate of charge data.
Ole Miss saw a massive improvement in their annual APR score for the 2020-21 school year, up 10 points from the last release to 996 in this latest release. Additionally, the new multi-year record of 992 at Ole Miss is plus eight above national average of 984, while the women’s multi-year average of 994 is plus-four above the women’s national average (990) and the men’s mark of 990 is plus-10 above the men’s national average (980).
“The University of Mississippi is a special place for our student-athletes to continue their college education, and these APR numbers speak for themselves,” said Senior Associate Athletics Director for Student-Athlete Development Dr. Bob Baker. “We are all very proud of these numbers and how our student-athletes are consistently prioritizing their academic goals.”
The latest APR numbers for Ole Miss also compare well against the SEC. The Rebels lead or are tied for SEC leadership in multi-year APR in seven different sports — women’s cross-country, soccer, women’s golf, men’s golf, rifle, soccer and women’s track and field. Five of those teams — women’s cross-country, women’s golf, men’s golf, rifle, soccer — all had perfect annual APR scores of 1,000. It was the first perfect score in the program’s history for women’s cross-country, rifle and soccer, while it was the fifth consecutive for men’s golf and the third consecutive for women’s golf.
The Ole Miss football team achieved a new program record for a multi-year APR of 999, a two-point improvement from its previous high of 997 in last release in 2020 and its sixth straight multi-year improvement. Additionally, Ole Miss shares the FBS lead with Clemson and ranks only behind FCS school Columbia (1,000) in all Division I college football. Ole Miss finished +30 above the FBS average and +27 above the SEC- Average.
Of the 16 sports at Ole Miss, 12 had perfect single season scores out of 1,000: Men’s Basketball, Women’s Basketball, Men’s Cross Country, Women’s Cross Country, Soccer, Men’s Golf, Women’s Golf, Rifle, Soccer, Men’s Tennis, women’s tennis and men’s athletics.
The APR, which provides a real-time measure of academic success rather than graduation rates, is a team-based metric in which scholarship-holder athletes receive one point for remaining eligible and one point for remaining in school or graduating each semester. Schools that do not offer scholarships pursue their recruited student-athletes.
Each Division I athletic team submits data to have its academic progress rate calculated each academic year. The NCAA reports both one-year rates and four-year rates on which penalties for poor academic performance are based. National aggregates are based on all teams with usable data provided by members. APRs for each team and those receiving sanctions are available online at Searchable database of the NCAA.
Ole Miss Athletics Perennial APR
992 – Program record
Ole Miss Athletics Single-Year APR
Ole Miss Athletics Annual APR, by Gender*
* Excludes rifle, which is a co-educational sport nationally
Ole Miss Perfect Multi-Year APR Results (5)
Women’s Cross Country
Ole Miss Perfect Single Year APR Results (12)
Men’s Cross Country
Women’s Cross Country
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