University of California, Santa Cruz places 87th amongst Division III colleges in COMPREHENSIVE STUDY OF BOTH ACADEMICS AND ATHLETICS

NCSA 2012 Power Rankings Study Helps Prospective Student-Athletes Evaluate Strengths of Top College Institutions Around the Country

(Chicago, IL) – NCSA Athletic Recruiting is pleased to announce that the University of California, Santa Cruz is ranked 87th among NCAA Division III universities 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.

“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.

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.

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/who-is-ncsa/power-rankings

To speak with NCSA Athletic Recruiting COO and President, Lisa Strasman, about the 2012 Power Rankings, please contact Tiffany Menzione at 312.624.7437 or by email at tmenzione@ncsasports.org.  If you would like to tweet out the 2012 Power Rankings, please use #NCSAPowerRankings.

-Sean O'Neill, Public Relations Department at the NCSA