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    Northwestern's NCAA APR Data Remains Elite



    June 11, 2013

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

    Northwestern women's lacrosse and field hockey joined previous perfectionists men's golf, men's tennis, women's cross country, women's golf, softball, women's swimming, and volleyball as NU programs with perfect 1,000 APR multi-year averages for the current 2008-09 to 2011-12 cohort.

    In addition to those sports, six other Northwestern squads recorded perfect scores for the 2011-12 academic year: baseball, men's swimming, wrestling, women's basketball, women's soccer and women's tennis. That means fully 15 of NU's 19 varsity programs earned perfect APR scores of 1,000 during 2011-12.

    Northwestern football ranks first in the nation among both FBS and FCS schools, earning a score of 997 in 2011-12 for a multi-year rate of 996. NU is tied with Davidson College at the top of those standings for the second-straight year."

    Fourteen 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 third in the nation with 74 percent (14 of 19) of its varsity programs receiving the honor. Wildcat teams honored for being in the top 10 percent were: baseball, field hockey, football, men's golf, men's soccer, men's swimming, men's tennis, wrestling, softball, cross country, women's golf, women's lacrosse, women's swimming and volleyball.

    In addition to football leading the nation, also of particular note are these specific achievements by several Wildcats programs:

    • Field hockey is one of 15 programs nationally with a multi-year average of 1,000 and one of two in the Big Ten (along with Penn State).

    • Women's lacrosse is one of 18 programs nationally to earn a perfect 1,000 for the last four years and the only member of the American Lacrosse Conference to do so.

    • Women's swimming is one of 24 programs in the country with a 1,000 score and the only Big Ten program to make that grade.

    • Softball is one of 27 programs nationally with a perfect multi-year score and one of two Big Ten member institutions (along with Ohio State) to achieve perfection.

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

    • While it did not earn a perfect score, NU men's soccer is tied for 10th nationally and leads the Big Ten with a 995 multi-year rate.

    Northwestern has been able to achieve its academic success while also competing at the highest level athletically. Seven of NU's programs earned top-20 national finishes in 2012-13: women's lacrosse (NCAA semifinals), women's fencing (9th), women's golf (15th), football (17th in the AP poll), wrestling (17th), men's soccer (NCAA round of 16) and women's tennis (NCAA round of 16) had those top-20 efforts while 11 total Wildcats teams made postseason play.

    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 (2008-12). Teams that score below 900 (increasing to 930 next year) face varying degrees of penalties including postseason ineligibility, something no Northwestern team has ever remotely come close to facing in the history of the nine-year APR program.


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