ST. LOUIS – Four Saint Louis University athletic programs earned public recognition by the NCAA today for earning multi-year Academic Progress Rates (APR) in the top 10 percent of all squads in each sport.

The SLU programs honored were men's tennis, women's cross country, women's soccer and volleyball. Saint Louis has had multiple programs publicly recognized every year of the APR program, dating back to 2004-05.

The volleyball program has earned three public recognition awards in a row and seven overall, the most of any SLU program. Men's tennis has also earned the recognition three years in a row. The women's cross country team earned the honor for a sixth-straight year, while the women's soccer program earned the recognition for a second-consecutive season.

The APR is an annual scorecard of academic achievement calculated for all Division I sports teams. Teams earning Public Recognition Awards increased to 1,284 across all programs in the NCAA, up by 79 from the previous academic year, largely as a result of an increase in perfect scores.

APR scores for all NCAA Division I teams will be released May 23. The APR measures eligibility, graduation and retention each semester or academic term and provides a clear picture of the academic performance for each team in every sport. The most recent APRs are multiyear rates based on scores from the 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17 academic years.