2018 CFN Five-Year Program Analysis: APR Rankings No. 1-130

2018 CFN Five-Year Program Analysis: APR Rankings No. 1-130

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2018 CFN Five-Year Program Analysis: APR Rankings No. 1-130


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.

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.

2017 CFN Five-Year Program Analysis

130 New Mexico State

2017: 953
2016: 950
2015: 935
2014: 931
2013: 915
5 Year Average: 936.8

129 FIU

2017: 945
2016: 936
2015: 938
2014: 933
2013: 933
5 Year Average: 937

128 Massachusetts

2017: 939
2016: 939
2015: 939
2014: 937
2013: 932
5 Year Average: 937.2

127 UNLV

2017: 943
2016: 943
2015: 936
2014: 937
2013: 930
5 Year Average: 937.8

T125 Texas Tech

2017: 946
2016: 947
2015: 941
2014: 936
2013: 932
5 Year Average: 940.4

T125 Louisiana Tech

2017: 949
2016: 937
2015: 934
2014: 941
2013: 941
5 Year Average: 940.4

T123 Georgia Southern

2017: 931
2016: 933
2015: 940
2014: 943
2013: 958
5 Year Average: 941

T123 Tulsa

2017: 944
2016: 942
2015: 944
2014: 941
2013: 934
5 Year Average: 941

122 Akron

2017: 941
2016: 947
2015: 947
2014: 947
2013: 932
5 Year Average: 942.8

T120 UAB

2017: 943
The lone year available for UAB

T120 Houston

2017: 951
2016: 942
2015: 944
2014: 941
2013: 937
5 Year Average: 943

119 Troy

2017: 957
2016: 955
2015: 937
2014: 937
2013: 931
5 Year Average: 943.4

118 West Virginia

2017: 950
2016: 940
2015: 945
2014: 942
2013: 942
5 Year Average: 943.8

117 Georgia State

2017: 951
2016: 946
2015: 944
2014: 940
2013: 940
5 Year Average: 944.2

116 Liberty

2017: 943
2016: 945
2015: 944
2014: 947
2013: 944
5 Year Average: 944.6

115 Kansas

2017: 945
2016: 943
2015: 936
2014: 945
2013: 959
5 Year Average: 945.6

114 East Carolina

2017: 949
2016: 947
2015: 943
2014: 950
2013: 941
5 Year Average: 946

T112 South Alabama

2017: 958
2016: 952
2015: 947
2014: 943
2013: 933
5 Year Average: 946.6

T112 Oklahoma State

2017: 969
2016: 953
2015: 947
2014: 934
2013: 930
5 Year Average: 946.6

111 Florida Atlantic

2017: 960
2016: 949
2015: 942
2014: 943
2013: 940
5 Year Average: 946.8

110 Kentucky

2017: 945
2016: 958
2015: 950
2014: 945
2013: 937
5 Year Average: 947

T108 Eastern Michigan

2017: 959
2016: 947
2015: 948
2014: 942
2013: 940
5 Year Average: 947.2

T108 TCU

2017: 965
2016: 955
2015: 935
2014: 936
2013: 945
5 Year Average: 947.2

107 Florida State

2017: 941
2016: 939
2015: 945
2014: 955
2013: 958
5 Year Average: 947.6

106 Fresno State

2017: 947
2016: 944
2015: 953
2014: 949
2013: 948
5 Year Average: 948.2

T104 BYU

2017: 949
2016: 951
2015: 953
2014: 952
2013: 938
5 Year Average: 948.6

T104 SMU

2017: 956
2016: 951
2015: 945
2014: 947
2013: 944
5 Year Average: 948.6

103 North Carolina

2017: 960
2016: 959
2015: 952
2014: 937
2013: 938
5 Year Average: 949.2

102 LSU

2017: 956
2016: 959
2015: 941
2014: 947
2013: 946
5 Year Average: 949.8

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