National Recruiting Association Rates Ithaca College in Top 60 of Division III Schools
ITHACA, NY — The National Collegiate Scouting Association’s 2011 power rankings — which assess academic and athletic standards of all NCAA athletic programs — has placed Ithaca College 57th among the nation’s 449 Division III institutions. The NCSA developed its annual power ranking system to help prospective student athletes and their families evaluate the strengths of the nation’s Division I, II and III colleges and universities and determine which institution will be the best choice for students seeking to succeed on the playing field and in the classroom. In 2010 Ithaca College ranked 86th.
The rankings are calculated by factoring the institution’s graduation rate, level of academic excellence as measured by the “U.S. News & World Report” rankings, and the institution’s athletic excellence as measured by its standing in the Learfield Sports Director’s Cup, which awards points to an institution’s athletic teams based on their finishes in playoff competitions. In NSCA’s Division III rankings, Ithaca College placed just ahead of Messiah College and just behind St. Lawrence University. The number one Division III school was Amherst College.
“The Power Rankings are an objective tool to empower student athletes to find the right fit, academically and athletically, in a college or university,” said Ken Kutler, director of intercollegiate athletics and recreational sports. “I am very pleased that the high quality of our athletic programs and the rigor of our academic initiatives have been recognized at the national level.”
Competing in the Empire Eight Conference, Ithaca College sponsors 13 women’s and 11 men’s varsity sports.
The comprehensive list of the 2011 NCSA Power Rankings is available at http://www.ncsasports.org/about-ncsa/power-rankings.