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TCU’s new Academic Progress Rates released

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TCU is sitting well over the base line in every sport

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The latest Academic Progress Rate numbers have been released by the NCAA, and TCU is sitting in good shape. The APR measures the “student” portion of student-athlete, by tracking the number of academically-eligible, in-school athletes per sport.

While the number changes year to year, it’s the averages that matter most. Teams must have a four-year average above 930, with a recent two-year average above 940.

A team’s APR is calculated in two steps. Each student-athlete (not including walkons) gets one point for staying in school and one point for being academically eligible. A team’s total points are then divided by points possible, before being multiplied by 1,000. That number is the team’s APR. Here’s a nice little graphic from the NCAA that explains it well.

With all that in mind, here are the APR scores for TCU’s men’s teams. (Women’s teams are below).

TCU Men’s Sports APR

Sport TCU APR Big 12 Average Teams Competing Big 12 Leader Big 12 Caboose
Sport TCU APR Big 12 Average Teams Competing Big 12 Leader Big 12 Caboose
Baseball 968 974 9 Texas (993) Kansas St. (947)
Basketball 957 972 10 West Virginia (1000) Texas Tech (946)
Cross Country 1000 973 9 TCU (1000) Iowa St. (945)
Football 955 960 10 Texas (978) West Virginia (940)
Golf 981 987 10 Kansas St./Oklahoma St. (1000) West Virginia (972)
Swimming & Diving 986 983 3 TCU/West Virginia (968) Texas (978)
Tennis 969 968 6 Texas (1000) Oklahoma St. (948)
Track & Field 963 963 9 Oklahoma St. (982) Kansas (943)

As you can see, TCU is well above the base-line of 940, meaning that they’re not in danger of being penalized by the NCAA. However, TCU sits below the Big 12 average in all three major sports. This isn’t necessarily a major concern, as each university has its own variables that come into play.

For TCU, we know that a few people have left some teams over the past season and a half that will be taken into account for these numbers, while other schools may not have had those same things occur.

TCU Women’s Sports APR

Sport TCU APR Big 12 Average Teams Competing Big 12 Leader Big 12 Caboose
Sport TCU APR Big 12 Average Teams Competing Big 12 Leader Big 12 Caboose
Basketball 982 987 10 Oklahoma/Texas/West Virginia (1000) Kansas (974)
Cross Country 967 988 10 Iowa St./Kansas St. (1000) TCU (967)
Equestrian N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Golf 991 989 9 Oklahoma (1000) Oklahoma St. (977)
Rifle 1000 983* 3* TCU (100)* UTEP (959)*
Soccer 986 989 9 West Virginia (1000) Oklahoma (978)
Swimming & Diving 991 992 5 Texas (1000) Kansas (983)
Tennis 992 989 10 Oklahoma St./Texas Tech/Oklahoma (1000) Kansas (976)
Track & Field 982 981 10 Iowa St. (1000) Kansas (953)
Beach Volleyball 1000 1000 1 TCU (1000) N/A
Volleyball 990 986 9 Texas (995) West Virginia (966)

TCU women’s sports are absolutely holding up their end of the academic bargain, as only one team has below a 982 APR (cross country). It should also be noted that the TCU Rifle team competes as a member of the Patriot League, not as a member of the Big 12.

Ultimately, every TCU sport is in good shape academically, which should be a point of pride for fans/alumni of the university.