2017 CFN Five-Year Program Analysis: APR Rankings No. 1-130

2017 CFN Five-Year Program Analysis: APR Rankings No. 1-130

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2017 CFN Five-Year Program Analysis: APR Rankings No. 1-130

2017 CFN Five-Year Program Analysis: APR Rankings


How good are the teams and programs in the classroom? As a part of the CFN Five-Year Program Analysis, the Academic Progress Rate (APR) is a factor.


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This is supposed to be about the college in college football, at least at times.

How good have the football programs been in the classroom? The Academic Progress Rate is a factor in the overall reputation of a school and how an athletic department is run, and it matters in the bowl picture, too.

The schools have to reach a certain threshold – 930 for four years, 940 for two years – to avoid penalties, and the higher the rating, the better the chance to go bowling if a football team doesn’t get to six wins.

It’s the tie-breaker. If there aren’t enough bowl eligible teams, and slots need filling, the criteria is the APR. Mississippi State and North Texas benefitted from this last year.

Taken from the NCAA, the APR is calculated as follows:

    • Each student-athlete receiving athletically related financial aid earns one point for staying in school and one point for being academically eligible.
    • A team’s total points are divided by points possible and then multiplied by 1,000 to equal the team’s Academic Progress Rate.
    • In addition to a team’s current-year APR, its rolling four-year APR is also used to determine accountability.

When it comes to the CFN Five-Year Program Analysis, it factors into the mix just like the big wins and the attendance.

So which schools did the best job in the classroom? Here’s the ranking of all 130 teams based on APR, averaged out over the last five seasons.

CFN Five-Year Program Analysis: APR Rankings By Conference

1. Northwestern

2016: 995
2015: 992
2014: 991
2013: 991
2012: 996
5 Year Average: 993.2

2. Duke

2016: 992
2015: 995
2014: 992
2013: 992
2012: 989
5 Year Average: 992

3. Wisconsin

2016: 990
2015: 992
2014: 998
2013: 989
2012: 985
5 Year Average: 990.8

4. Boise State

2016: 979
2015: 982
2014: 981
2013: 988
2012: 993
5 Year Average: 984.6

5. Stanford

2016: 985
2015: 983
2014: 987
2013: 984
2012: 978
5 Year Average: 983.4

6. Clemson

2016: 980
2015: 983
2014: 984
2013: 983
2012: 985
5 Year Average: 983

7. Georgia Tech

2016: 983
2015: 987
2014: 978
2013: 983
2012: 983
5 Year Average: 982.8

8. Air Force

2016: 995
2015: 987
2014: 980
2013: 976
2012: 974
5 Year Average: 982.4

9. Vanderbilt

2016: 992
2015: 990
2014: 983
2013: 974
2012: 973
5 Year Average: 982.4

10. Boston College

2016: 978
2015: 981
2014: 980
2013: 981
2012: 982
5 Year Average: 980.4

CFN Five-Year Program Analysis: APR Rankings By Conference

11 Army 979.8
12 Michigan 979.6
13 UCF 979.4
14 Nebraska 979
T15 Missouri 978
T15 Alabama 978
17 Utah State 977.6
18 Navy 977.2
19 Rice 977
20 Rutgers 976.6

21 Minnesota 975.2
22 Middle Tennessee 974.8
T23 Ohio State 974.6
T23 Indiana 974.6
25 Utah 974.4
T26 Notre Dame 973.4
T26 Florida 973.4
T28 UCLA 972.6
T28 South Carolina 972.6
30 Toledo 972.4

31 Virginia Tech 972
32 Northern Illinois 971.6
33 Mississippi State 971.4
T34 Illinois 971.2
T34 Washington 971.2
T36 Wake Forest 969.2
T36 Miami 969.2
38 Auburn 969
T39 Kansas State 968.4
T39 Michigan State 968.4

T41 Temple 967.6
T41 Iowa 967.6
T41 North Texas 967.6
44 Tulane 967.4
45 USF 967.2
46 Syracuse 966.4
47 Pitt 966.2
48 Miami Univ. 966
49 Hawaii 965.8
50 Texas A&M 965.6

51 San Jose State 965.4
52 Virginia 964.8
T53 Baylor 964.2
T53 Maryland 964.2
T55 Connecticut 963.8
T55 Oregon 963.8
T57 Louisville 963.6
T57 Georgia 963.6
59 Purdue 963.4
60 Oklahoma 961.6

61 Appalachian State 960.6
62 Penn State 960
63 San Diego State 959.4
64 Coastal Carolina 959
65 Colorado 958.8
66 Marshall 958.6
T67 Cincinnati 958.4
T67 Western Michigan 958.4
T69 Texas 958
T69 ULM 958

71 Bowling Green 957.6
72 Arizona 957.4
73 NC State 956.6
74 Ohio 955.8
75 Wyoming 955.4
76 Ball State 955
77 UTSA 953.8
78 Central Michigan 953.4
T79 Washington State 953.2
T79 Ole Miss 953.2

T81 Louisiana 952.8
T81 Texas State 952.8
T83 Memphis 952.2
T83 Kent State 952.2
85 USC 952.2
T86 Oregon State 951.6
T86 Arizona State 951.6
88 Charlotte 951.33*
Charlotte is based on three seasons
T89 Iowa State 950.8
T89 Western Kentucky 950.8

91 Colorado State 950.8
92 UTEP 950.4
T93 Buffalo 950.4
T93 California 950.4
95 Florida State 950.2
96 New Mexico 949.6
97 Fresno State 948.8
98 Southern Miss 948.6
99 Arkansas State 948.4
100 Kansas 948.2

101 LSU 947.4
T102 Old Dominion 946.8
T102 TCU 946.6
T104 Nevada 946.6
T105 Kentucky 946.6
106 SMU 946.4
T107 Tennessee 945.8
T107 Arkansas 945.8
109 East Carolina 945.2
110 BYU 945
111 North Carolina 944
112 West Virginia 943.8
113 Georgia State 943.6
114 UAB 943*
Based only on one season
115 Georgia Southern 942.6
116 Eastern Michigan 942.2
117 South Alabama 941.4
118 Florida Atlantic 941.2
119 Akron 941
120 Louisiana Tech 940.8

121 Houston 940.2
122 Texas Tech 939.4
123 Tulsa 938
124 Oklahoma State 938
125 Massachusetts 936.4
126 Troy 936.2
127 UNLV 935.6
128 FIU 934
129 New Mexico State 929.4
130 Idaho 909.4

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