Published on May 25, 2018 by Joey Mullins  

Samford University’s athletic teams posted an average  score of 983.6 out of 1,000 in the NCAA’s Division I Multi-Year Academic Progress Rate (APR) report, released May 23 by the NCAA. 

Three Samford teams (men’s cross country, men’s tennis and women’s basketball) turned in perfect multi-year scores of 1,000, while 11 teams compiled scores of at least 975. 

In the single-year report, Samford’s teams averaged a 987.2. Seven Bulldog teams (baseball, men’s cross country, men’s golf, men’s tennis, women’s basketball, women’s cross country and women’s golf) either led the Southern Conference or tied for the SoCon lead with perfect scores of 1,000 in the single-year report. 

The APR compilations, first made public in 2005, are based on academic eligibility, retention and graduation rates for student-athletes at all NCAA Division I member institutions. These scores and multiyear rate figures reflect the data from the 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17 academic years. Samford competes in eight men's and nine women's varsity sports at the Division I level.  


SPORT                                   MULTI-YEAR SCORE       SINGLE-YEAR SCORE

Baseball                                 968                                          1,000

Men’s Basketball                  975                                          980

Men’s Cross Country            1,000                                       1,000

Football                                  980                                          985

Men’s Golf                           987                                          1,000

Men’s Tennis                        1,000                                       1,000

Men’s Track                           983                                          964

Women’s Basketball              1,000                                       1,000

Women’s Cross Country       968                                          1,000

Women’s Golf                       991                                          1,000

Softball                                  986                                          986

Women’s Soccer                    973                                          989

Women’s Tennis                    984                                          941

Women’s Track                      964                                          984

Women’s Volleyball              995                                          979

AVERAGE                          983.6                                       987.2


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Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.