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BU ranks in top 25 percent in academic and athletics excellence

Bearcats jump up 10 spots in NCSA Collegiate Power Rankings

September 27, 2011


BU ranks in top 25 percent in academic and athletics excellence

NCSA Power Rankings

VESTAL, N.Y.—Binghamton University athletics has again earned inclusion on a national list of Division I universities with high academic standards and athletics achievement. Binghamton is ranked No. 80 (out of 336) in the 9th Annual National Collegiate Scouting Association (NCSA) Collegiate Power Rankings, putting it among the top 25 percent of Division I programs in the country. The University jumped up 10 spots from its 2010 ranking.

Binghamton is the lone SUNY school and one of just four America East schools to be recognized on the Division I list. The study also placed Binghamton ahead of University of Maryland (No. 85), USC (No. 90) and Delaware (No. 96) among others.

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 NCSA Athletic Recruiting are calculated 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 ranking.

“Binghamton University is extremely proud to once again be recognized among the top 100 NCAA Division I programs for combined academic and athletic excellence for the second consecutive year,” Athletics Director Jim Norris said. “Our staff and student-athletes are fully committed to excellence in all regards and this recognition is a direct reflection of that commitment.”

Binghamton ranked 86th (out of 231) in the U.S. News & World Report “Academics” category and ranked 164th (out of 336) in the “Athletics” component. The high finish in the 2010-11 Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup was due to the national success of BU’s men’s tennis and wrestling teams and track & field All-American Erik van Ingen. It marked the third straight year BU has finished among the top half of Division I programs in the Cup standings.

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