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    School Record 10 NU Teams Have Perfect Multi-Year APR Scores



    May 14, 2014

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    EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern's most recent Academic Progress Rate (APR) data released today by the NCAA continues NU's trend of tremendous results with a school-record 10 of NU's 19 varsity programs earning perfect 1,000 scores and no Wildcats team below a 980.

    Still perfect after all these years are men's golf, men's tennis, women's cross country, field hockey, women's golf, softball, women's swimming and volleyball. Baseball and wrestling also join that list this season as NU programs with perfect 1,000 APR multi-year averages for the current 2009-10 to 2012-13 cohort.

    In addition to those sports, six other Northwestern squads recorded perfect scores for the 2012-13 academic year: men's basketball, men's soccer, women's basketball, women's fencing, women's soccer and women's tennis. That means fully 16 of NU's 19 varsity programs earned perfect APR scores of 1,000 during 2012-13.

    One of those three Wildcats' programs that did not have a perfect 1,000 was Northwestern football, which still ranks first in the Big Ten and second in the nation among FBS schools with a multi-year APR score of 991.

    Twelve Northwestern varsity programs were honored last week by the NCAA with public recognition awards for being in the top-10 percent of their respective sports with their latest multi-year APR scores, ranking NU first among FBS schools with the highest percentage of teams earning APR awards: Northwestern (63 percent), Notre Dame (58 percent), Duke (54 percent) and Minnesota (48 percent).

    Wildcat teams honored with Public Recognition Awards were: baseball, field hockey, football, men's golf, men's soccer, men's tennis, wrestling, softball, cross country, women's golf, women's swimming and volleyball.

    In addition to football ranking among the nation's best, also of particular note are these specific achievements by several Wildcats programs:

    • Wrestling is one of just four programs nationally with a multi-year average of 1,000 along with Stanford, Duke and Davidson.

    • Field hockey is one of 13 programs nationally with a multi-year average of 1,000 and one of two in the Big Ten (along with Penn State).

    • Baseball is one of 14 programs nationally with a multi-year average of 1,000 and one of two in the Big Ten (along with Minnesota).

    • Women's swimming is one of 25 programs in the country (seven from FBS schools) with a 1,000 score, and one of only two Big Ten programs to make that grade.

    • Softball is one of 29 programs nationally (six from FBS schools) with a perfect multi-year score and the only Big Ten member institution to achieve perfection.

    • Cross country and men's tennis are one of four Big Ten programs with a perfect 1,000 APR multi-year while men's golf, women's golf and volleyball are one of five Big Ten programs with perfect 1,000 APR multi-year scores in their respective sports.

    • NU men's soccer is tied for sixth nationally and leads the Big Ten with a 997 multi-year rate.

    • Men's swimming leads the Big Ten and ranks sixth nationally among FBS schools with a 996 multi-year rate.

    While leading their sports academically, these programs also have excelled athletically. Twelve of NU's 19 sports have advanced to postseason competition in 2013-14 while field hockey earned a Big Ten championship this season.

    Every Division I sports team calculates its APR each academic year, based on the eligibility, retention and graduation of each scholarship student-athlete. The score also serves as a predictor of graduation success. All information in the latest report is for the past four academic years (2009-12).


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