The National Collegiate Scouting Association (NCSA) ranked the Cal Poly Pomona athletics program at No. 28 among Division II institutions in its annual Collegiate Power Rankings. It marked the first time in four years that the Broncos were included in the top 100 rankings.
The NCSA Athletic Recruiting Collegiate Power Rankings, which were announced last week, assess the academic and athletics standards of all NCAA athletic programs across the country. The rankings rate colleges and universities comprehensively based on student-athlete graduation rates, academic strength and athletic prowess of the university.
“We are honored to be included in these rankings among the top tier of Division II institutions,” athletic director Brian Swanson said. “It is a credit to our student-athletes, coaches and staff as we continuously strive for academic and athletic excellence.”
The study was 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 six percent of college and universities earned a spot in the NCSA Athletic Recruiting’s Top 100 for 2011. Now in its ninth year, the Collegiate Power Rankings are calculated for each 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 rankings.
The Power Rankings are just one example of the NCSA’s commitment to redefining collegiate recruiting. As the leading athletic recruiting network, NCSA connects more than 35,000 college coaches with student-athletes looking to pursue higher education and the chance to compete athletically at the collegiate level.
The Broncos have gotten off to strong start in the 2011-12 school year, with the men’s soccer team holding the conference’s best record, the women’s soccer team ranked fifth in the West Region and the cross country squads receiving spots in the national Top 25 polls.