PISCATAWAY, N.J. (June 9, 2010) – The Rutgers football team has achieved the nation’s number one ranking in Academic Progress Rate according to the latest multi-year APR figures released by the NCAA today. The historic accomplishment continues a trend for the Rutgers football program of success both in the classroom and on the playing field.
The multi-year APR figure of 992 was the best ever posted by a football program in the Football Bowl Subdivision, topping the previous record set by Stanford in 2008 with a multi-year APR score of 986. The Scarlet Knights’ four-year APR score of 992 covered the academic years of 2005-06, 2006-07, 2007-08 and 2008-09.
“I couldn't be prouder of our State University's football program's latest success,” said New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. “This tremendous achievement is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the student-athletes, coaches and the academic support staff at Rutgers.”
For the third consecutive year, the Rutgers football team was ranked in the top three nationally in multi-year APR rates, becoming the only public university to do so.
“We are very proud about this year’s No. 1 ranking in the Academic Progress Rate for our football team, and we are even happier to be the only public university ranked in the top 10 percent nationally for three consecutive years,” said Rutgers President Richard L. McCormick. “This consistency is clear evidence of the commitment of our student-athletes, their academic support, and our coaching staff to the long-term academic success of each member of the team.”
The top five Football Bowl Subdivision schools in terms of APR are Rutgers (992), Air Force (988), Rice (987), Northwestern (986) and Duke (983). For the third consecutive year, Rutgers football has the best APR mark of any state university in the nation.
“This is a tremendous achievement for our student-athletes, coaches, academic support staff and our University,” said Rutgers Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Tim Pernetti. “We are filled with pride to have a program that continues to develop young men to succeed in life after football, while building a tradition of bowl victories. Coach Schiano and his staff have recruited fine student-athletes to Rutgers that believe in our mission of earning degrees, becoming leaders, and winning championships.”
Rutgers is the only institution in the nation to have its football team ranked in the top three of the APR and win a bowl game in each of the last three seasons. Rutgers defeated UCF in the St. Petersburg Bowl for its fourth consecutive postseason victory last December, becoming one of only four teams in the nation to win bowl games in each of the last four seasons.
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.
Top Five Football Bowl Subdivision APR Scores
- Rutgers (992)
- Air Force (988)
- Rice (987)
- Northwestern (986)
- Duke (983)