South Orange, N.J. -- Seton Hall Athletics continues to make the grade in the classroom as the latest NCAA Academic Progress Rate (APR) report, released Wednesday, indicates that Pirates athletics programs are at or near the top of their Div. I peers. As the department continues to fulfill its mission of fostering the growth of its student-athletes both in the classroom and on the field of competition, five of Seton Hall's 14 varsity sports scored a perfect 1000 in the latest multi-year APR, four more sports scored a 990 or higher and 12 of the 14 programs had APR scores higher than the national average in their respective sports.
The APR is a real-time measure of a team's academic performance and is calculated by reviewing variables such as eligibility, retention and graduation rates of student-athletes competing on every Division I sports team. The NCAA has released this APR report, which includes single-year data from the 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2013-14 academic years, one week after announcing its public recognition awards. Seton Hall's baseball, men's basketball, women's cross country, women's golf, softball and women's tennis teams were all named recipients of the public recognition award, which honors programs who score an APR in the top 10 percent of their respective sports. The six public recognition honors is the most The Hall has ever received in one year.
Highlights of this year's APR Report include:
- Five programs -- baseball, women's cross country, women's golf, softball and women's tennis -- scored a perfect 1000 multi-year APR. For women's golf, it was the fourth consecutive perfect 1000. Softball and women's tennis each made 1000 for the third consecutive year, and baseball reached 1000 for the second straight year.
- Four additional programs -- women's swimming & diving (997), men's basketball (995), women's soccer (995) and volleyball (994) -- all scored 990 or above, which means over 64 percent of The Hall's varsity teams have either a perfect score or are within 10 points of a perfect score.
- Twelve of Seton Hall's 14 programs scored a multi-year APR higher than its sport's Div. I national average. Men's basketball had the highest differential between its APR and the national average, scoring a 995 while the national average is 961 (+34). Baseball's 1000 is 31 points higher than the national average of 969.
- Eight teams -- baseball, men's basketball, women's cross country, women's golf, men's soccer (980), softball, women's swimming & diving (997) and women's tennis -- either matched or exceeded their program's previous high APR score.
- Six programs -- baseball, men's basketball, women's cross country, women's golf, softball and women's tennis -- led the BIG EAST with their respective APR scores.
- All 14 sports scored higher than a 960, which is 30 points higher than the NCAA's minimum of 930 to avoid possible penalties.