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On Monday, the National Collegiate Scouting Association (NCSA) announced its sixth annual Collegiate Power Rankings. Following another pretty good year, the Engineers were listed seventh overall, securing their highest ranking in the history of the report. The NCSA’s 2008 Collegiate Power Rankings rate colleges and universities comprehensively based on student-athlete graduation rates, academic strength, and athletic prowess of the university.

“For a school to be at the top of a list of more than 1,000 NCAA schools with athletic programs is remarkable”, said Chris Krause, Founder and President of the NCSA. “MIT is listed in the top one percent in the overall rankings because of its commitment to academic and athletics, as well as its commitment to graduating student-athletes. NCSA’s power rankings objectively help prospective student-athletes compare each of their collegiate opportunities so they can make the most educated decision possible when it comes to their future. To be listed as one of the top schools in the 2008 NCSA Power Rankings shows dedication and commitment to running an elite program, and deserves to be recognized.”

The Collegiate Power Rankings from 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 U.S. Sports Academy Directors’ Cup rating evaluates the strength of NCAA athletic departments, while the U.S. News & World Report rating recognizes institutions for academic excellence. The student-athlete graduation rates are based on those provided by the NCAA.