CHICAGO - NCSA Athletic Recruiting is pleased to announce that Florida Southern College is ranked 12th among NCAA Division II universities, and 78th overall in the 10th Annual NCSA Collegiate Power Rankings. NCSA Athletic Recruiting's Collegiate 2012 Power Rankings assess the academic and athletics standards of all NCAA athletic programs across the country.
The Power Rankings were developed to help prospective student athletes and their families evaluate the particular strengths of the top colleges and universities at the Division I, II and III levels. Fewer than 6% of colleges and universities earn a spot in NCSA Athletic Recruiting’s Top 100 for 2012, and Florida Southern is in this elite class. The Collegiate Power Rankings from NCSA Athletic Recruiting are calculated for each Division I, II and III college and university by averaging student-athlete graduation rates, academic rankings provided by U.S. News & World Report, and the strength of athletic departments as determined by the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup.
Florida Southern finished 14th in the Learfield Standings at the end of the 2011-12 academic year, and saw 12 of its teams earn spots in NCAA postseason play. The year was highlighted by a national runner-up finish by women’s golf, a third-place finish by men’s swimming, and 10th-place national finish by women’s swimming. In the classroom, the Moccasins also had an 83 percent academic success rate, and a total of 175 Florida Southern student-athletes were on the Sunshine State Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll.
“The Power Rankings are an objective tool to empower student athletes to find the right fit in a college or university, not only for its athletics, but academics as well," says Lisa Strasman, COO and President of NCSA Athletic Recruiting. "Our hope is to educate these student athletes and their parents on the importance of evaluating schools that will provide the education for an enriched, successful career after college, in addition to athletic success.” concluded Strasman.
These Power Rankings are only one example of NCSA Athletic Recruiting's commitment to redefining collegiate recruiting. As the leading athletic recruiting network, NCSA connects more than 42,000 college coaches with student-athletes who hope to pursue both higher education and the chance to compete in athletics at the college level.
A comprehensive list of the rankings, both overall and by division, is available at: http://www.ncsasports.org/about-ncsa/power-rankings