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How Smart Is Your Program? - 2011 APR Reports
Northwestern QB Dan Persa
Northwestern QB Dan Persa
CollegeFootballNews.com
Posted May 24, 2011


It's COLLEGE football. As in everyone is supposed to go to class. The NCAA announced the yearly Academic Progress Reports, or A.P.R., this week with some shocking classroom stars up top and a few at the bottom that will end up losing scholarships. Check out where your team ranked, who lost scholarships, who didn't make the grade (literally) and who was on top of the charts.


2011 Academic Progress Reports

What are the schools doing in class?

It gets easily forgotten, but this is college football. Of course, college football is nothing more than a glorified minor league, but the guys still have to go to class and at least pretend to try.

Welcome to the Academic Progress Reports, better known as the APR, for 2010, taking a look at the classes from 2005-2006 to 2009-2010. Every Division I sports team calculates its APR each academic year, based on the eligibility, retention and graduation of each scholarship student-athlete. Programs that score below 925 (this is the Mendoza line ... if you can't hit this, you're just not trying) on their four-year rate and can lose up to 10 percent of their scholarships through immediate penalties. Programs can also face historically based penalties for poor academic performance over time.

Below are the rankings for the FBS teams based on their APR and with our scoring for how they graded out. We categorized the teams into ten categories. If a program was in the 90-100% range, it gets a 10 (for our Program Rankings to come out later this summer), while a program that finished in the 1-10% range gets a 1 (with many getting a monster slap on the wrist from the NCAA).

10 is obviously amazing, anything 7 or above is fantastic, and 4 or below is miserable.

Past APRs
2010 | 2009

10 – an APR of 90-to-100%

“As you know, we have no chapter at Adams College, which is why we agreed to see you. But I must tell you, gentlemen, you have very little chance of becoming Tri-Lambdas. I'm in a difficult situation here. I mean, after all ... you're nerds."

1 Northwestern - Big Ten 993
2 Rutgers - Big East 988
3 Northern Illinois - MAC 987
4 Duke - ACC 986 
5 Ohio State - Big Ten 985
6 Rice - C-USA 983
7 Boise State - WAC 981
T8 Miami - ACC 979
T8 Middle Tennessee - Sun Belt 979 
T10 Air Force MWest 978

9 – an APR of 80-to-90%

“But I will have a degree, and you'll be serving my kids fries at a drive-through on our way to a skiing trip."

T10 Navy - Ind 978
T12 Clemson - ACC 977
T12 Stanford - Pac-12 977
T12 Vanderbilt - SEC 977
T15 Florida - SEC 976
T15 Georgia - SEC 976
T17 Penn State - Big Ten 972
T17 TCU - MWest 972
T19 Boston College - ACC 971
T19 Notre Dame - Ind 971
T19 UCF - C-USA 971
T19 Wake Forest - ACC 971
T23 Miami University - MAC 970
T23 Tulane - C-USA 970

8 – an APR of 70-to-80%

“Remember, compared to you, most people have the IQ of a carrot. We're different than most people, Mitch, but you should be proud of that."

25 Army - Ind 968
T26  Missouri - ACC 967 
T26 Wisconsin - Big Ten 967
T28 Georgia Tech - ACC 966
T28 Indiana - ACC 966
T28 LSU - SEC 966
T31 Alabama - SEC 963
T31 Western Michigan - MAC 963
33 West Virginia - Big East 962

7 – an APR of 60-to-70%

“Phys Ed? Okay, you're out of my room. Seriously. Get out."

34 Oklahoma - Big 12 960 
T35 Hawaii - WAC 959
T35 Oregon State - Pac-12 959
T35 Western Kentucky - Sun Belt 959
38 Nebraska - Big Ten 958
T39 UCLA - Pac-12 956
T39 Utah - Pac-12 956
T41 North Carolina - ACC 955
T41 Virginia Tech - ACC 955
43 South Carolina - SEC 954
44 Connecticut - Big East 953
T45 Fresno State - WAC 952 
T45 Kansas - Big 12 952
T45 Mississippi State - SEC 952  
T45 South Florida - Big East 952
T45 USC - Pac-12 952
T50 Arizona - Pac-12 951
T50 Baylor - Big 12 951

6 – an APR of 50-to-60%

“It ain't the way I wanted it! I can handle things! I'm smart! Not like everybody says ... like dumb ... I'm smart and I want respect."

52 Ohio - MAC 950
T53 California - Pac-12 949
T53 Illinois - Big Ten 949
T53 Pitt - Big East 949
T56 Colorado State - MWest 948 
T56 Kentucky - SEC 948
T58 Marshall - C-USA 947
T58 Iowa - Big Ten 947 
T58 New Mexico - MWest 947
T58 UNLV - MWest 947
T58 Virginia - ACC 947
T63 Syracuse - Big East 946
T63 Utah State - WAC 946
T63 Washington - Pac-12 946

5 – an APR of 40-to-50%

“Lord help me, I'm just not that bright."

T66 Louisiana Tech - WAC 944 
T66 Texas Tech - Big 12 944
T68 Arkansas State - Sun Belt 943
T68 Central Michigan - MAC 943
T68 East Carolina - C-USA 943
T68 Louisiana - Sun Belt 943
T68 Nevada - WAC 943
T68 Toledo - MAC 943
T74 Ball State - MAC 942
T74 Kent State - MAC 942
T74 Oklahoma State - Big 12 942
T77 Bowling Green - MAC 941
T77 Oregon - Pac-12 941
T77 Texas - Big 12 941
T80 Arizona State - Pac-12 940
T80 Auburn - SEC 940
T80 Kansas State - Big 12 940
T80 Memphis - C-USA 940
T80 Texas A&M - Big 12 940

4 – an APR of 30-to-40%

De-Fense (clap, clap) ... De-Fense (clap, clap)

T85 Ole Miss - SEC 939
T85 SMU - C-USA 939
T85 Purdue - Big Ten 939
88 Michigan State - Big Ten 938
T89 Arkansas - SEC 937
T89 Eastern Michigan - MAC 937
T89 Temple - MAC 937
T89 Tennessee - SEC 937
T93 Cincinnati - Big East 936
T93 Florida International - Sun Belt 936 (lost 1 scholarship)
95 Minnesota - Big Ten 935
96 San Diego State - MWest 934

3 – an APR of 20-to-30%

"I am so smart. I am so smart. S-M-R-T."

97 Wyoming - MWest  933
T98 Florida State - ACC 932
T98 Iowa State - Big 12 932 
T98 North Texas - Sun Belt 932
T98  Troy - Sun Belt 932
102 San Jose State - WAC 931
103 Buffalo - MAC 930
T104 BYU - Ind 929 
T104 Colorado - Big 12 929
T104 Houston - C-USA 929
T104 NC State - ACC 929
108 Michigan - Big Ten 928
109 Southern Miss - C-USA 928

2 – an APR of 10-to-20%

“Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life, son."

110 Tulsa - C-USA 927
111 Washington State - Pac-12 925
112 Akron - MAC 924 (lost 4 scholarships)
113 Idaho - WAC 923 (lost 1 scholarship)
114 Maryland - ACC 922 (lost 3 scholarships)
115 Florida Atlantic - Sun Belt 920 (lost 3 scholarships)
T116 New Mexico State - WAC 918 
T116 UTEP - C-USA 918 (lost 4 scholarships)

1 – an APR of 1-to-10%

"Oprah Winfrey, today you are surrounded by nothing but love."

T118 Louisville - Big East 908 (lost 3 scholarships)
T118 ULM - Sun Belt 908 (lost 7 scholarships)
120 UAB - C-USA 901