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Rutgers Athletics: Three teams recognized for high APR

Football, women's golf and women's lacrosse all recognized for high Academic Progress Rates.

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Rutgers student-athletes continue to perform both on and off the field, as three Rutgers athletic teams have earned Academic Progress Rate (APR) recognition from the NCAA for ranking in the top 10% of their respective sports.

The RU football, women's golf and women's lacrosse program have been all recognized for their APRs.

The APR provides a real-time look at a team's academic success each semester by tracking the academic progress of each student on scholarship. The APR accounts for eligibility, retention and graduation and provides a measure of each team's academic performance.

The football team earned the honor for the eighth consecutive year and was one of only 14 FBS schools to be recognized this year.  Four other Big Ten teams (Michigan, Nebraska, Northwestern, Wisconsin) were recognized.

The women's lacrosse team added to its long history of academic success, earning APR recognition for the fourth consecutive year.  The Knights were also the only Big Ten women's lacrosse team to be honored.

The women's golf team received recognition for the third consecutive year, earning its fourth overall honor.

Dartmouth led all universities with 26 teams honored, while Northwestern had the most in the Big Ten with 15.  Eight teams that have been crowned NCAA Champions in the 2014-15 academic year (Columbia fencing, Colorado men's cross country, Connecticut field hockey, Duke men's basketball, Loyola Chicago men's volleyball, Stanford women's water polo, UCLA men's water polo, Virginia men's tennis) were ranked in the top 10% in their sports.

Read the NCAA's full release here.