The B1G was college football’s leading conference on the field and in the classroom this year.
On Thursday, the NCAA released its Academic Progress Rate (APR) for the 2015-16 academic year afternoon, with a plethora of good reports coming out of the B1G. The conference’s football score came out to 980.7, which was higher than any other conference in major college football.
Northwestern had the highest APR of any team at the FBS level, posting a score of 995 out of a possible 1,000. The football program was just one of the 10 sports in which the Wildcats set the standards:
— #B1GCats (@NU_Sports) May 10, 2017
Evanston wasn’t the only place celebrating such high scores.
Michigan wasn’t far behind Northwestern with a score of 993. That is the highest multi-year APR score the Wolverines have posted in school history, according to MLive’s Nick Baumgardner:
Michigan football's current multi-year Academic Progress Rate is 993 — the highest in program history
— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) May 10, 2017
The lowest score in the B1G was Penn State, who scored a 969 – still a solid score considering teams need to post a score below 930 to be in jeopardy of losing any postseason privileges.
Here’s how all 14 teams in the B1G fared for this year’s four-year report:
- Northwestern – 995
- Michigan – 993
- Minnesota – 992
- Wisconsin – 990
- Illinois – 984
- Maryland – 984
- Indiana – 982
- Nebraska – 977
- Ohio State – 975
- Michigan State – 974
- Rutgers – 973
- Iowa – 971
- Purdue – 971
- Penn State – 969
The report reviewed all sports for Division I institutions. Overall, the APR is up to 981, up two points from a year ago. Football saw a three-point increase from last year, jumping from 959 to 962.