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Nine of Northwestern's varsity athletic programs have earned perfect 1,000 Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores in the most recent data released Wednesday by the NCAA on the heels of the announcement that 12 NU teams earned APR Public Recognition Awards last week.


Northwestern baseball, field hockey, softball, women's basketball, cross country, women's golf, women's soccer, women's swimming and diving, and volleyball all achieved 1,000 scores in the current cohort. Three other programs -- women's lacrosse, men's swimming and diving and men's soccer -- had 997 scores or better, and no NU team was lower than a 979.


"The Academic Progress Rate is an important benchmark of success in our ultimate goal of graduating student-athletes, and at Northwestern we are proud to remain leaders for our Big Ten and NCAA peers," said Jim Phillips, vice president for athletics and recreation. "It cannot be overstated how proud we are of our student-athletes and the standard of excellence they set in the classroom."


Northwestern led the Big Ten in 12 sports, including field hockey (1,000), men's soccer (997) and men's swimming and diving (997) leading the conference outright among their respective peers, with men's soccer also ranking seventh nationally. NU football scored a 992 APR for the current cohort, tied atop the conference with Wisconsin and Minnesota, and tied for second nationally among FBS programs.


Baseball, women's basketball and women's soccer were each one of just two Big Ten programs with perfect 1,000 scores while softball and women's swimming and diving were one of three in their sports.


Last week, the NCAA announced that 12 of Northwestern's teams earned Public Recognition Awards for placing among the top-10 percent in their respective sports in the most recent APR data. NU had 63 percent (12-of-19) of its teams earn the recognition, leading the Big Ten and ranking in the top three of all FBS schools.


Every NCAA Division I sports team calculates its APR each academic year, based on eligibility, retention and graduation of each scholarship student-athlete. The score also serves as a predictor of graduation success. All of the information in the latest report is for the past four academic years (2011-15). The entire searchable database can be found at

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