Jeff Gravley

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




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  • crevistonb Oct 22, 2012

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    Maybe we would be able to crack the top 100 if our student-athletes did not have to study and work for their academic achievements?? Although, I guess that is just speculation.

  • Tarheel7074 Oct 21, 2012

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    And what does "feeding your fat" have to do with the fact that state college was once again NOT in the top 100 colleges for athletics and academics? This was NOT a survey of agriculture colleges that "feed your fat."

  • rv4life Oct 20, 2012

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    Yes! And thanks to us we feed your fat . Your welcome.

  • buckets112 Oct 19, 2012

    Interesting list. Seems like a majority of the schools listed are from lower divisions. Strange.

  • TsKaMF Oct 19, 2012

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    Not on NCAA probation, nor STiiiiLL being investigated.

  • StunGunn Oct 19, 2012

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    No where to be found.

  • ncstatefan13 Oct 19, 2012

    Williams has an athletic program? I would imagine it to be like something from "Revenge of the Nerds".

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  • TruthBKnown Banned Again01 Oct 19, 2012

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    That it is!

  • 1UNC Oct 19, 2012

    Did I miss something. Isn't there a triangle school missing from the list?




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