Augustana Ranked Among Top 100 NCAA Schools for Academic, Athletic Success

CHICAGO – Augustana ranks high in both academics and athletics in the 10th annual NCSA Athletic Recruiting Collegiate Power Rankings.

Augustana is ranked fourth among NCAA Division II schools and 28th amongst 1,066 active NCAA member schools. The NCSA Athletic Recruiting power rankings assess the academic and athletic standards of all NCAA athletic programs across the country. The 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.

Augustana is the only school listed in the overall top 100 from South Dakota or North Dakota.

Fewer than six percent of colleges and universities earned a spot in the NCSA top 100 for 2012, Augustana is in this elite class.

The Collegiate Power Rankings from NCSA Athletic Recruiting are calculated for each college and university by averaging student-athlete graduation rates, academic rankings provided by U.S. News and World Report and the strength of athletic departments as determined by the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup.

Last year, Augustana won its second straight Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference/U.S. Bank All-Sports Award and was No. 4 in the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings. Augustana finished third in 2010-11 and 11th in 2009-10.

The NSIC announces All-Academic recipients following the fall, winter, and spring seasons, and 142 Augustana student-athletes were honored in 2011-12.

In addition, Augustana had three academic All-America honorees last year, including Cody Lensing who was awarded the Dr. William Britton Scholar-Athlete Award for Academic Excellence from the NSIC. Lensing was also awarded the Elite 89 award for wrestling, which is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating in the finals site for each of the NCAA'S 89 championships.