Twelve of Northwestern's 19 varsity programs received Public Recognition Awards this month as part of the NCAA’s Academic Progress Rate (APR) program.

The programs were honored May 7 for being in the top 10 percent of their respective sports in the latest multi-year APR scores. The total number of teams honored is the second highest in Northwestern’s history, and the Wildcats tied the University of Minnesota for the most Public Recognition Awards received among Big Ten schools this year.

Northwestern also led all Football Bowl Subdivision schools with the highest percentage of teams earning APR awards, at 63 percent.

Northwestern teams recognized for earning APR scores in the top 10 percent of their sports are: 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. The most recent APRs are multi-year rates based on scores from the 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13 academic years.

These programs have also excelled athletically. Currently, six of the 12 teams have advanced to postseason competition, while field hockey earned a Big Ten championship this season.

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