Notre Dame student-athletes enjoyed perhaps their best year both in the classroom and on the playing field during the 2005-06 school year.

Notre Dame Finishes Third Among Division I institutions in National Collegiate Scouting Association Power Rankings.

Aug. 2, 2006

Notre Dame, Ind. – Notre Dame finished third among Division I institutions in the fourth annual Collegiate Power Rankings released by the National Collegiate Scouting Association (NCSA). The Irish were seventh on the overall list that included all the top academic and athletic colleges and universities in the country at the Division I, II and III levels.

Duke finished first among all Division I schools, followed by Stanford, Notre Dame, Northwestern, Boston College, Michigan, Virginia, United States Military Academy, Rice and Vanderbilt.

Overall, Williams College topped the list and was followed by Amherst, Middlebury, Duke, Stanford, Washington University, Bowdoin, Princeton, Notre Dame and Tufts rounding out the top 10.

The NSCA Scouting Association matches and introduces college coaches to qualified student-athletes through education, technology and relationships with the college community. NCSA’s Collegiate Power Rankings were developed to encourage student-athletes to take a comprehensive approach to choosing a school based on its overall merits. Colleges and universities are given a ranking based on academics, athletics and student-athlete graduation rates enabling student-athletes to obtain a true picture of the most complete and well-rounded schools.

NCSA’s power rankings are calculated for every school at the NCAA Division I, II and III levels by averaging the U.S. News & World Report ranking, the U.S. Sports Academy Directors’ (NACDA) Cup rank and the NCAA Student-Athlete Graduation Rate of each school. The Directors’ Cup ranking evaluates the strengths of NCAA athletic departments, while the U.S. News & World Report ranking recognizes institutions of academic excellence. The student-athlete graduation rates are based on those provided by the NCAA.

The NCSA was founded in April of 2000 by Chris Krause, a former full scholarship football player at Vanderbilt University.