Continued Success: Rutgers Receives APR Honor

Quickly becoming a tradition in Piscataway, Rutgers football received academic honors from the NCAA yet again for its strong Academic Progress Rate score. Rutgers finished in the top 10 percent of all football programs in the APR.

Rutgers football continues to show that on-field success is not the only source of pride for the program. The Scarlet Knights are back in the 90th percentile in the NCAA's Academic Progress Rate, according to the report released today.

The APR tracks performance of individual student-athletes in all sports and is created based on a combination of player eligibility, retention and graduation. Rutgers football is in the top 10 percent nationally for the fifth consecutive year and is the lone FBS state university to crack the list yet again.

"Our focus every year is to compete in the classroom with the same intensity and commitment that we compete on the field and these three programs continue to excel in both," said athletic director Tim Pernetti in a statement. "Our department takes pride in the environment of excellence that we've created for our student-athletes to earn degrees, become leaders and win championships. This is a well-deserved honor for our coaches, academic advisors and student-athletes."

Director of football academic support Scott Walker has been an architect of the continued success in the classroom and has helped Rutgers football receive the APR honors from the NCAA for the fifth season in a row.

Rutgers is the only school in the country to win four bowl games and receive five APR honors in the last five years. It is one of 12 FBS schools ranked in the top 10 percent.

Rutgers finished second and first overall over the last two years and finds out where it stands for the 1012 report on June 20 with the full findings are released.

Alongside the Rutgers football success, gymnastics and women's soccer also received commendations for top 10 finishes in the APR.

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