Aug. 26, 2008

Notre Dame, Ind. – The University of Notre Dame is ranked fifth in Division I and 12th overall in the sixth annual National Collegiate Scouting Association (NCSA) Collegiate Power Rankings.

NCSA’s 2008 Collegiate Power Rankings rate colleges and universities comprehensively based on student-athlete graduation rates, academic strength and athletic prowess of the university. The institutions posted in the `08 Power Rankings are in an elite group of less than six percent of colleges and universities across the nation.

The Collegiate Power Rankings are calculated for each college and university at the NCAA Division I, II and III levels by averaging the U.S. News & World Report ranking, the U.S. Sports Academy Directors’ Cup ranking and the NCAA student-athlete graduation rate of each college or university. The collegiate power rankings are based off of the U.S. Sports Academy Directors’ Cup rating which 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.

For a complete overall ranking list, as well as rankings by division level, visit

Top 10 Overall1.  Williams College2.  Amherst College3.  Middlebury College4.  Washington University in St. Louis5.  Stanford University6.  Duke University7.  Massachusetts Institute of Technology8.  Tufts University9.  Emory University9.  Princeton University11.     Harvard University12.  University of Notre Dame
Division I1.  Stanford University2.  Duke University3.  Princeton University4.  Harvard University5.   University of Notre Dame6.  John Hopkins University7.  University of Pennsylvania8.  Northwestern University9.  Cornell University9.  Yale University