RU in Elite Academic Category

Rutgers athletics received outstanding news this Wednesday, after the NCAA released its latest Academic Progress Rate score(s). Four programs ranked within the Top 10 percent, a pair of which received perfect scores. Rutgers Football, after earning an APR of 980, placed #3 nationally.

"The latest report on the Academic Progress Rate clearly illustrates the commitment to excellence both in the classroom and on the field of our student-athletes, coaches and academic support staff," said Rutgers Director of Intercollegiate Athletics, Tim Pernetti, in a statement released following the NCAA's announcement.

"We will continue on this trajectory of academic achievement to support the mission and outstanding reputation of Rutgers University as an academic institution, all the while continuing to cement Rutgers Athletics among the nation's elite."

An Academic Progress Rate (APR) score of 925 is required by the NCAA to avoid loss of grant (i.e., scholarship) aid.

A quartet of Scarlet Knight programs earned marks that placed them within the NCAA's top 10 percent. This included men's cross country (1000 - perfect score), women's tennis (1000 - perfect score) and women's gymnastics (995).

In addition, Rutgers Football earned an APR of 980, placing the Scarlet Knights third nationally, tied with Duke (Stanford [984] and Air Force [983] ranked first and second, respectively). This marks the second consecutive year that Rutgers has earned an APR score good enough for a third place ranking. Further, for the third consecutive year, Rutgers football has earned the best APR mark of any state university in the nation.

"Academic achievement and consistency are a priority of our program," stated Rutgers head football coach Greg Schiano in a statement.

"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 Scarlet Knights, one of only six Football Bowl Subdivision programs to be ranked in the top 10 percent in the APR scores, finished the 2008 campaign with seven consecutive victories, including a win over N.C. State in the Bowl.

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