2012 NCSA College Power Rankings
Top Athletic & Academic Colleges
Amherst College took the top spot in this year's NCSA power rankings. The liberal arts college was second in the US News rankings and placed 11th in student-athlete graduation rate. Its athletics department was rated fourth in the NCAA Division III Sports Directors' Cup rankings. After strong performances in the fall, the school's teams really performed at high levels in the winter and spring as Amherst's women's basketball and men's tennis squads took home national titles, while its women's tennis (second), men's basketball (fifth) and men's lacrosse (fifth) teams also performed impressively on the national stage.