2016 NCSA College Power Rankings
Top Athletic & Academic Colleges
Williams College remains in the top spot overall for its second straight year. In 2015, it shot up to the coveted first place standing after coming in fifth overall in 2014, a drop from its number one placement in 2013. Stanford has overtaken Amherst to claim the number two spot. In 2013, Amherst held second place, with Stanford University at number five. In 2014, Stanford gained ground, moving up to number three, just behind the number two Amherst. Still, in 2015, Amherst held the upper hand, claiming second place overall with Stanford finding itself a close third. This year, the roles have reversed.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology broke into the top 10, placing number eight, after not breaking the top 100 the previous year in 2015. This can, in part, be attributed to ranking seventh in the US News Rank and sixth in the Director’s Cup. John Hopkin’s University also reclaimed its spot in the top 10. In 2015, this prestigious university didn’t break the top 100, a fall from its ranking at 12 in 2014.