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Next College Student Athlete Announces 2018 NCSA Power Rankings

CHICAGO (November 13, 2018)—Next College Student Athlete (NCSA) the world’s largest and most successful college athletic recruiting network today announced its 2018 NCSA Power Rankings, an annual list of the best schools in the U.S. for student-athletes.

NCSA Power Rankings offer a comprehensive analysis of the best NCAA and NAIA programs across the country. Colleges and universities are ranked overall and broken out by division and sport into the Top 50 or Top 100 schools for 2018.

The 2018 NCSA Fall Power Rankings, released today, highlight the best overall schools and top football, field hockey, women’s volleyball, men’s and women’s soccer, and men’s and women’s water polo programs in the U.S. Additional NCSA Power Rankings for winter and spring sports will be released in the coming months.

For the first time, NCSA Power Rankings were calculated using proprietary NCSA Favorites data representing the schools chosen by the over 2 million student-athletes on the NCSA network.

Additionally, rankings are determined by general academic rankings based off of U.S. News and World Report Best Colleges as well as IPEDS graduation rate rankings. All three metrics are combined and averaged to create the final NCSA Power Rankings lists.

NCSA Power Rankings were first developed over a decade ago to help student-athletes and families narrow their college search and find the right school to achieve academic and athletic success.

“At NCSA, we believe the most important part of the recruiting process is finding the right college fit for each student-athlete,” said NCSA President Lisa Strasman. “Being a collegiate student-athlete is about more than sports, it is also about getting a degree that will set you up for success later in life. The NCSA Power Rankings are a valuable tool that can help student-athletes find exactly what they’re looking for in a school.”

To view the complete list of 2018 College Power Rankings, visit

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