PISCATAWAY, N.J. – For the second consecutive year, the Rutgers football team was ranked third in the nation in the Academic Progress Rate according to the latest multi-year APR figures released by the NCAA today. The Scarlet Knights have a four-year APR score of 980, which covers the academic years of 2004-05, 2005-06, 2006-07 and 2007-08.
“Academic achievement and consistency are a priority of our program,” said Rutgers head football coach Greg Schiano. “Our latest APR score is a compliment to our student-athletes, coaches and academic support staff. To rank in the top three nationally, and to do it at an elite public institution like Rutgers, makes it even more special.”
The top five Football Bowl Subdivision schools in terms of APR are Stanford (984), Air Force (983), Rutgers (980), Duke (980) and Rice (979). For the third consecutive year, Rutgers football has the best APR mark of any state university in the nation.
Rutgers was one of only six Football Bowl Subdivision programs to be ranked in the top 10 percent in the APR scores. RU was the only institution in the nation to have its football team ranked in the top 10 percent of the APR and win a bowl game in each of the last two seasons. Rutgers defeated NC State in the PapaJohns.com Bowl for its third consecutive postseason victory last December.
The Scarlet Knights ended the 2008 season with seven consecutive victories and finished tied for second in the BIG EAST en route to their third consecutive bowl championship.
The APR provides a real-time look at a team’s academic success each semester or quarter by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete. The APR includes eligibility, retention, and graduation in the calculation and provides a clear picture of the academic culture in each sport. High-performing teams receiving public recognition awards this year posted APR scores ranging from 976 to a perfect 1,000.
Top Five Football Bowl Subdivision APR Scores
1. Stanford (984)
2. Air Force (983)
3. Rutgers (980)
5. Rice (979)