USC academic progress rate continues to rise

USC guard Elijah Weaver (3) celebrates with teammate Jonah Mathews (2) after making a three-point shot against Stanford on Jan. 18.
(Kelvin Kuo / Associated Press)

USC’s athletic department took another leap forward in its multiple-year academic progress rate (APR) from the NCAA.

For the seventh straight season, USC posted its highest multiple-year APR, 985, as 12 of its 21 teams either equaled or exceeded their scores from a year ago. Six Trojan teams posted a perfect score of 1,000, while none were close to the minimum threshold of 930 which could lead to potential NCAA penalties.

USC football’s single-season APR fell slightly, from 972 to 969, but the men’s basketball team eclipsed its record high with a score of 974. Both ranked ahead of the national average.

A UCLA basketball team three points away from a postseason ban last year improved its APR by 12; the football team boosted its single-year APR by 61 points.


Twelve other programs exceeded or equaled the national average in APR. Men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s track, women’s cross-country and men’s volleyball all finished in the top 10% in their sports. Those six teams received NCAA Public Recognition Awards last week for their academic performances.