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In eight of the ten years Rice has been a member of Conference USA, our student-athletes have captured the conference's Institutional Excellence Award. This award is given to the C-USA school with the highest grade point average during the current academic year for all student-athletes in conference-sponsored sports.

For the 2004 through 2007 entering classes, Rice's Federal Graduation rate for student-athletes is 82 percent, first in Conference USA as well as fifth among NCAA Division I - Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) universities. The NCAA Graduation Success Rate (GSR) for the same group, which accounts for transfers while discounting those who leave in good standing, is 92 percent.

During the same time period, Rice's Federal Graduation rate for African-American student athletes is 88 percent (second among NCAA Division I - FBS universities) with the football team at 87 percent (third among NCAA Division I - FBS universities). The NCAA Graduation Success Rate for African-American student athletes is 93 percent and for football is 95 percent.

In 2010 and 2013, Rice Football was honored with the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Academic Achievement Award for having the highest graduation success rate in the country for the entering 2003 and 2006 classes respectively. The Rice Football team has been honored for its graduation rate by the AFCA 25 times (behind only Virginia and Notre Dame) in terms of consistent excellence in the graduation of the student-athletes who compete in football.

NCAA Academic Progress Rate Overview

The NCAA Academic Progress Rate (APR) is a statistic that measures the retention and eligibility of the most recent classes of student-athletes. Specifically, each student-athlete on scholarship can yearly earn two points for eligibility and two points for retention out of four points possible for his or her team. For 2013-14, Rice's Academic Progress Rate is 987/1000 (usually reported as 987).

Single-year and multi-year (four-year) rates are calculated for each team. For the 2013-14 year, 14 of 16 Rice teams earned a single-year APR of 1000 (ranking second in all of Division I). The NCAA honors teams that have a multi-year APR scores in the Top 10 percent for Division I each year and there are penalties for underachieving teams. While no Rice team has ever been subject to a penalty, women's cross country has won the NCAA Public Recognition Award (top 10 percent) for 10 consecutive years. For the 2013-14 year, women's basketball, women's cross country, men's golf, women's soccer, women's tennis and women's volleyball were all honored with the NCAA Public Recognition Award.

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