BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — WKU Athletics continues to impress in the classroom with strong marks in the Academic Progress Rate (APR) Institutional Report released by the NCAA on Tuesday.
The APR provides a real-time look at a program’s academic success each semester by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete on scholarship. The APR accounts for eligibility, retention and graduation and provides a measure of each team’s academic performance. This year, the APR score was a multi-year average of the 2017-18, 2018-19, 2019-20 and 2020-21 academic years.
Thirteen of WKU’s 14 programs exceeded the NCAA’s mandated 930 minimum, and 10 programs surpassed that threshold by 40 points or more. Nine topped that mark by 50 points or more.
Three of WKU’s programs had a perfect score of 1,000 across that time period and six programs achieved a perfect score during the 2020-21 academic year.
This is the first public release of the APR by the NCAA since 2020. In the spring of this year, the Division I Board of Directors approved the continued suspension of APR penalties for an additional year due to the impact of the COVID 19 pandemic.
WKU Athletics had a strong finish to the 2021-22 academic year, notching a 3.18 career cumulative GPA, the second highest mark in the department’s history. It was just short of the program record of 3.19 achieved in 2021.
Twelve of WKU’s 14 sport programs had a team cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. About 62% of all student-athletes are currently maintaining a GPA of 3.0 or above.
WKU Athletics set a new department record with 72 student-athletes receiving the Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Medal for maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 3.75 or better during the 2021-22 academic year. A total of 204 WKU student-athletes were also named to the C-USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll for maintaining a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0.
WKU Athletics’ graduating class for the spring and summer of 2022 featured a cumulative GPA of 3.35, which is tied for the department’s highest graduating GPA. During the 2021-22 school year, 93 student-athletes earned their degrees from WKU – including 21 who graduated in December – with a combined grade-point average of 3.30.
In December, it was announced by the NCAA that WKU had reached its highest Graduation Success Rate (GSR) in program history. WKU posted an overall GSR of 87, topping the previous high of 85 reached twice in the department’s history. In three of the last four GSR reports, WKU has achieved or tied the program’s highest mark.
WKU also posted a 66 percent Federal Graduation Rate which is 11 percent higher than the university’s general student body (55 percent) and the second highest rate in WKU Athletics history.

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WKU Athletics Continues to Achieve Academic Success

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