June 21, 2012
EVANSTON, Ill. -- With a score of 995 out of a possible 1,000, Northwestern ranked first among all Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) programs in Academic Progress Rate (APR), according to the data released by the NCAA on Wednesday, June 20. The APR scores measure the retention and eligibility of student-athletes at each school for the four-year period between 2007-08 and 2010-11 academic years.
NU's program-record score of 995 placed it in a tie with Davidson for the top tally among all institutions competing at the FBS or FCS level, ahead of Yale, Brown, Pennsylvania and Dayton. Duke University was the next highest FBS program behind Northwestern with a score of 989.
This is the second straight year Northwestern ranked as the top FBS program in terms of APR. The national multi-year average for college football programs stands at 949, while the Big Ten's 12 member institutions posted an average of 960.
"To have our program lead the country in APR scores says a lot about the character of the young men we have on our team and the tremendous amount of work our players put in not only on the football field but in the classroom," said head coach Pat Fitzgerald. "It's also a credit to their families for instilling them with the proper values as well as to the faculty and staff at Northwestern for putting our players in a position to succeed academically. We take great pride in this achievement."
The four-year cohort represented in this year's APR scores coincides with arguably the most successful stretch of on-the-field results in the history of NU football, which has played in a school-record four consecutive bowl games since the 2008 season. Northwestern players also have been the recipients of 32 All-Big Ten awards over the last four years, including seven first-team honorees and seven additional second-team performers.
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