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More than $2.7 billion in athletic scholarships is distributed each year along with access to medical care, academic support services and first-class training opportunities.

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Nearly 1,100 colleges and universities in NCAA Division I, Division II and Division III collectively invest in improving the experiences of student-athletes.

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Spotlight: Academic Progress Rate

With notable increases in football and men’s basketball, student-athletes continue to improve in the classroom, earning record-high marks as measured by the NCAA’s Academic Progress Rate. 

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Champion Magazine

A mound of cure

A cancer diagnosis. More than three years of chemotherapy. Two hip replacements. Through it all, Richie Suarez just wanted a chance to play college baseball. But he picked up something unexpected along the way. Read More >

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"I think one of the reasons that I came to Minnesota was the strong support of all their programs, and I appreciate that and I think the emphasis for us going forward will be to continue to make sure we’re supporting them all so that they can achieve success both in the classroom, on the field and obviously socially as we help them prepare for life after, life after Minnesota,” 

– Beth Goetz, interim athletics director at the University of Minnesota