2013 NCSA College Power Rankings
Top Athletic & Academic Colleges
Williams College set the pace in the 2013 power rankings after having quite a year in the classroom and on the athletics fields and courts. Academically, the liberal arts college in Williamstown, Massachusetts, topped the US News rankings and was 30th in graduation rate. The Ephs combined those impressive showings with placing third in the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup rankings of Division III athletics departments. Their athletic highlights included national championships in women's rowing and men's tennis, and they finished amongst the national leaders in a variety of sports.
Williams improved from third a year ago to topping the list in 2013. The Ephs replaced Amherst who dropped one spot to second. Duke University, the top Division I school on this list, also dropped one place, from second to third. Meanwhile, Notre Dame and Stanford switched spots with the Fighting Irish now fourth and the Cardinal fifth. The next three slots were taken up by schools who entered the top 10 this year. No. 6 Washington University of St. Louis moved up from 11th, seventh-ranked Harvard was 14th a year ago, and Bowdoin College is now eighth after finishing 13th in 2012.