2014 NCSA College Power Rankings
Top Athletic & Academic Colleges
Duke University tops this year's NCSA 2014 power rankings, moving up two spots from its impressive third place showing in 2013. The school placed eighth in both the US News ranking of schools and student-athlete graduation rate. The Blue Devils also performed at high levels on the fields and courts in Durham, North Carolina, placing 12th in the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup. They took home a national title in men's lacrosse while their women's soccer and men's and women's basketball teams performed impressively on the national stage as well.
Amherst University took the second spot for the second straight year. It placed second in the US News ranking, sixth in the Directors' Cup ranking of Division III schools and 23rd in graduation rate. Stanford University was third, moving up a couple spots from its 2013 finish of fifth. Princeton University (sixth) and Northwestern University (eighth) were the only newcomers to the top 10 this year. Bowdoin College and University of California -- San Diego dropped down in the 2014 power rankings, but not far (13th and 18th, respectively).