Oct 15, 2016; Gainesville, FL, USA; A general view of the Swamp where it says "It's Great to be a Florida Gator" during the second half between the Florida Gators and Missouri Tigers at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Florida Gators defeated the Missouri Tigers 40-14. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Gators Do Well on the Field and in the Classroom

The NCAA Academic Progress Rate scores were released Wednesday, and they prove that the University of Florida takes the definition of student-athlete seriously. Three Florida Gator teams scored a perfect 1,000 and every Gator team scored above 970. The scores are biased on the last four academic years (2012-2013 through 2015-2016) and monitor their eligibility, retention and graduation for the student-athlete’s on scholarship.

Continuing to progress

Florida director of athletics Scott Stricklin – Tuesday, September 27, 2016 at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, FL / UAA Communications photo by Tim Casey

The Gators keep improving; out of the 19 teams at the university, 13 received the same or better scores than the previous year. Also, 13 of the teams either met or exceeded their sport’s national average.

Florida’s Athletic Director Scott Stricklin said was very pleased.  “In athletics, we keep score, not just on the playing field but also in the classroom… These recent APR scores show that University of Florida student athletes not only win championships, but perform at a high level in their academic pursuits,” he said.

Beating the Competition

Four Gators teams found themselves in the top 10 percent of their sport. Three of those teams, men’s and women’s tennis and women’s golf all had perfect scores of 1,000.

The other team in the top 10 percent were men’s basketball which had a score of 990; the national average for men’s basketball is 966.  The Gator football team, also beat the sport’s national average of 962, by receiving a score of 980.

Otis Hawkins Center at Farrior Hall

A notable reason for the Gator success off the field would be their study hall, the Otis Hawkins Center at Farrior Hall. Farrior Hall opened in 1995 and has changed immensely over the years. Just last year on June 27th, the Otis Hawkins Center opened its doors after $25 million was spent to make it happen.  The building is 82,613-square feet, and offers 74 study/tutoring rooms (with the latest technology), a fueling station and an auditorium. The student-athletes not only get tutors for their classes, but they also work with strategy tutors to help manage their tough schedules.

Each Gator Teams APR Scores

Tennis (Men’s): 1,000

Tennis (Women’s):1,000

Golf (Women’s): 1,000

Lacrosse: 998

Softball: 997

Volleyball: 995

Golf (Men’s): 993

Cross Country (Men’s): 993

Gymnastics: 991

Basketball (Men’s): 990

Soccer: 990

Cross Country (Women’s): 983

Swimming & Diving (Women’s): 983

Football: 980

Swimming & Diving (Men’s): 975

Baseball: 974

Basketball (Women’s): 974

Track & Field (Women’s): 972

Track & Field (Men’s): 971


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