MIT Ranks Fourth Among All NCAA Institutions in 2010 NCSA Collegiate Power Rankings

CHICAGO, Ill. – The National Collegiate Scouting Association (NCSA) recently announced its eighth annual Collegiate Power Rankings. Following another tremendous year, the Engineers were listed fourth overall in securing their highest ranking in the history of the report. The NCSA Athletic Recruiting's Collegiate 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.

The Collegiate Power Rankings from the NCSA are calculated for each college and university at the NCAA Division I, II and III levels by averaging the U.S. News & World Report ranking, the U.S. Sports Academy Directors' Cup ranking and the NCAA student-athlete graduation rate of each college/university. The collegiate power rankings are based off of the U.S. Sports Academy Directors' Cup rating which evaluates the strength of NCAA athletic departments, while the U.S. News & World Report rating recognizes institutions of academic excellence. The student-athlete graduation rates are based on those provided by the NCAA.

Chris Krause, CEO and Founder of NCSA Athletic Recruiting, says, "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. 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."

Below are the top 15 institutions in the overall NCSA College Power Rankings. Click here for the complete listing.

1. Amherst College
2. Williams College
3. Middlebury College
4. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
5. Stanford University
6. Washington University – St. Louis
7. Princeton University
8. Duke University
9. Tufts University
10. Harvard University
11. Emory University
12. University of Notre Dame
13. Carleton College
14. Cornell University
15. Yale University