12 NC schools among top rated colleges in athletics and academics
Posted October 19, 2012
Each year the National Collegiate Scouting Association compiles a list of the top 100 colleges that combine athletic and academic success. It is designed to help student athletes find the right fit for them. This year, 12 schools in North Carolina are in the top 100 of Division I, II and III schools.
When you combine all three divisions, Duke leads the way in our state at No. 3. It is the highest Division I ranked school in the country, tied with Notre Dame. At the top overall is Division III Williams College followed by Amherst College at No. 2.
Wake Forest checks in just ahead of North Carolina in the 34th position in the overall rankings. Davidson is number 78.
Among the top 100 Division I schools in the NCSA rankings, Appalachian State (62), Elon (88) and UNC-Wilmington (91) make the cut.
From the NCSA web site, here is how the rankings are formulated:
The Collegiate Power Rankings from NCSA are calculated for each college/university at the NCAA Division I, II and III levels by averaging the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup ranking, the NCAA student-athlete graduation rate of each college/university and the U.S. News & World Report ranking. The collegiate power rankings based off of the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup rating evaluates the strength of NCAA athletic departments, while the U.S. News & World Report rating recognizes institutions of academic excellence. The student-athlete graduation rates are based on those provided by the NCAA.
Check out the NCSA web site for a complete list of Power Rankings