SRU football program earns national Top 20 student-athlete ranking

Slippery Rock University football versus Edinboro

Jan. 17, 2016

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's football program has been ranked as one of the best in the U.S. for Division 2 student-athletes by College Factual. SRU ranked 19th out of 166 Division 2 football programs.

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"Athletics are a crucial part of many students' college experience, but at the end of the day, with less than 1 percent of college athletes going on to play professional sports, obtaining a quality education is critical to the lifetime success of our students," said SRU President Cheryl Norton. "We couldn't be prouder that the efforts of our staff, faculty and coaching staff has resulted in this lofty recognition."

Rankings were made utilizing a combination of metrics. Each factor was classified "high," "medium" or "low" to indicate the weighting given to that factor.

"The quality of individual sports teams at the same school may differ greatly, so where we can, the metrics we use are unique to that specific sport rather than simply being school-wide metrics," said Bill Phelan, CEO and co-founder of College Factual.

Rating metrics included:

  • Athletic competitiveness (high);
  • Overall college quality (high);
  • Athletic aid per student (medium);
  • Financial resources (revenue and expenses; medium);
  • Coaching resources; and
  • Learfield Sports Directors Cup standings

College Factual provides rankings, college match-making tools and major matching tools to students of all types for free with the aim of helping students make the best education decisions possible.

"In the next few months, parents and students will be receiving acceptance letters from colleges, and making their final decision on where they should go. This means that now is the time to highlight the strengths of an institution," said Phelan.

"Our student-athlete rankings were made to highlight colleges that excel both in sports and academics. These rankings are meant for anyone interested in going to a school where athletes perform both on the field and in the classroom.

MEDIA CONTACT: Robb King | 724.738.2199 | robert.king@sru.edu