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Notre Dame is No. 1 in the classroom

Notre Dame’s athletic programs is No. 1 in the classroom for a fourth year in a row.

The Irish led all NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision institutions with 15 Academic Progress Rate public recognition awards, the NCAA announced Wednesday.

The APR awards honors Division I teams for their latest multi-year scores and are based on APR numbers that represent the combination of scores from the 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13 academic years.

Notre Dame had 10 men’s programs in baseball, basketball, cross country, fencing, golf, lacrosse, soccer, tennis, indoor track and field and outdoor track and field and five women’s programs in cross country, golf, softball, swimming and diving and volleyball post multi-year APR scores in the top 10 percent of all squads in their respective sports.

It is the second straight year Notre Dame had 15 programs earn APR awards. The Irish shared the top spot with Duke last year.

Top FBS institutions

1.Notre Dame 15

2. (tie) Duke, Stanford 14

4. (tie) Boston College, Minnesota, Northwestern 12

7. Penn State 8

8. Vanderbilt 7

9. (tie) Connecticut, Indiana, North Carolina, Ohio State, Ohio University 6