The National Collegiate Scouting Association (NCSA) has once again ranked UC San Diego as the top Division II institution in the country in its annual Collegiate Power Rankings, it was announced Wednesday. Ranked on the NCSA's list for the sixth year in a row, UCSD also earned a No. 23 overall ranking in the study.
The NCSA Athletic Recruiting Collegiate Power Rankings assess the academic and athletic standards of all NCAA and NAIA athletic programs across the country. The rankings rate colleges and universities comprehensively based on student-athlete graduation rates, academic strength and athletic prowess of the university. The study was developed to help prospective student-athletes and their families evaluate the particular strengths of the top colleges and universities at the Division I, II and III levels.
The institutions that were among those ranked in the 2010 Athletic Recruiting's Top 100 are in an elite group of less than 6% of colleges and universities across the nation and UC San Diego has been a regular part of that group the last several years.
UCSD first appeared in the rankings in 2005, coming in at No. 26 overall, and has earned a spot in the top 100 each of the last six years. UC San Diego was ranked as high as No. 4 overall in 2007 and has been the top-ranked school in Division II four years running.
"The NCSA Collegiate Power Rankings are something we've come to look for each and every year," UCSD Director of Athletics Earl W. Edwards said. "Our goal as a department is to achieve success both academically and athletically and to be ranked No. 1 in Division II once again is something we're very proud of. We hope to continue to be ranked among the top 25 programs in nation each year, as well."
Now in its eighth year, the Collegiate Power Rankings are calculated for each college and university by averaging student-athlete graduation rates, academic rankings provided by U.S. News & World Report and the strength of athletic departments as determined by the U.S. Sports Academy Directors' Cup rankings.
The Power Rankings are just one example of the NCSA's commitment to redefining collegiate recruiting. As the leading athletic recruiting network, NCSA connects more than 35,000 college coaches with student-athletes looking to pursue higher education and the chance to compete athletically at the collegiate level.
For a comprehensive list of the rankings, both overall and by division, visit: www.ncsasports.org/about-ncsa/power-rankings
Information in this release courtesy of Tiffany Menzione, NCSA Athletic Recruiting Network.