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Scarlet Knights Shine in NCAA Academic Progress Rate

May 10, 2017

PISCATAWAY - After a school-record eight Rutgers programs - women's golf, women's lacrosse, women's basketball, men's cross country, tennis, baseball, gymnastics and volleyball - earned public recognition from the NCAA for their multiyear Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores last week, the good news continued with today's release of complete APR scores for all Division I institutions. The average multiyear APR rate for Rutgers athletic programs increased to 990, nine points above the NCAA average rate of 981, as seven programs earned perfect multi-year scores.

The eight programs recognized last week for scoring in the top 10 percent of their respective sport tied for eighth-most among all FBS institutions, while ranking fourth in the Big Ten Conference.

Thirteen Rutgers programs either tied (women's lacrosse, 1000; women's golf, 1000; men's cross country, 1000; women's basketball, 1000; gymnastics, 1000; tennis, 1000; volleyball, 1000; women's cross country, 995; swimming & diving, 994;) or set (baseball, 995; women's track & field, 992; men's soccer, 989; men's lacrosse, 982) program records for their multiyear APR rates. Gymnastics and women's lacrosse were the only Big Ten programs to earn perfect marks respective to sport.

Additionally, 19 of 22 programs posted multiyear APR scores of 980 or better, 14 had scores of 990 or above, and nine programs had multiyear scores of 995 or better. Nineteen programs posted multi-year scores above the national average respective to sport. All Rutgers University athletic programs are well above the 930 benchmark required by the NCAA.

Fourteen Rutgers programs earned perfect single-year APR scores of 1000 for 2015-16.

The report is based on NCAA Division I APR data submitted by the institution for the 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16 academic years.

The APR is an annual scorecard of academic achievement calculated for all Division I sports teams nationally. The APR measures eligibility, graduation and retention each term and provides a clear picture of the academic performance for each team in every sport.

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