Stanford Football APR Rate Highest in the Country

May 8, 2008

STANFORD, Calif. - A closer look at the Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores released Tuesday by the NCAA shows Stanford's football program to have achieved the highest rating among all teams in the Football Bowl Subdivision over a four-year period beginning in 2003-04.

Stanford registered a score of 986, placing the Cardinal first among Football Bowl Subdivision programs, ahead of the U.S. Naval Academy (979), Duke and Rutgers (977 each), the U.S. Air Force Academy (976), Rice (975), Boston College (972), along with Notre Dame, Northwestern and Miami, Fla. (all at 969).

Last season, the Cardinal placed six players on the Pac-10's All-Academic first team, including DL Chris Horn, RB Anthony Kimble, OL Tim Mattran, WR Evan Moore, OL Brent Newhouse and CB Austin Yancy.

The Academic Progress Report, now in its fourth year, measures the eligibility, retention and graduation of student-athletes competing on every Division I sports team. It also serves as a predictor of graduation success. The most recent APR scores are based on a multi-year rate that averages scores from the 2003-04, 2004-05, 2005-06 and 2006-07 academic years.

All 35 athletics programs at Stanford University exceeded the NCAA's APR standards with five Cardinal teams (women's golf, women's gymnastics, women's swimming, women's volleyball and women's water polo programs) receiving perfect 1000 scores. Only Notre Dame (8), Duke (8) and Boston College (7) had more programs post more perfect scores than Stanford.

Near-perfect scores came in men's golf (991), men's volleyball (995), men's water polo (992), women's basketball (990), women's cross country (995), women's lacrosse (993), women's soccer (992) and softball (992).

Stanford opens the 2008 regular season on August 28 against Oregon State at Stanford Stadium. For ticket information, please go to or call 1-800-STANFORD.

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