Tiger Athletics Also Noted for Teams in the Top 40
Submitted on December 11, 2018
Monday morning (Dec. 10, 2018) Next College Student Athlete announced Georgetown College No. 19 among colleges in the US for student-athletes. The NCSA uses three criteria in deciphering its power rankings: NCSA favorites, U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges and Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System graduation rate.
“This is a great honor to receive this news today,” said GC Director of Athletics Brian Evans. “This speaks to the strength of every aspect of our institution. NCSA measures not just how successful a program is between the lines, but also the interest of current high school student-athletes, the strength of the education offered at Georgetown and the graduation rates of our students.
“A ranking such as this is a win for everyone and should be something by which the entire college community is honored and proud.”
The NCSA favorites is a reflection of the amount of interest expressed by more than two million current high school student-athletes in the NCSA’s recruiting network. U.S. News & World Report analyzes institutions based on 16 measures of academic quality – with a strong emphasis placed on student outcomes like graduation and retention rates. IPEDS is an annual data collection distributed by the Postsecondary Branch of the National Center for Education Statistics, a non-partisan center within the Institute of Education Sciences under the U.S. Department of Education. Graduation rates are collected at the institutional level and are reflective of full-time, first-time, degree/certificate-seeking students who start and finish at the same institution.
Georgetown is the only Mid-South Conference school in the Top 50 and only one of three in the Top 100.
Individual sports received high praise from NCSA. Tiger athletics has 15 teams ranked inside the Top 40 for their respective sports.
Lacrosse leads the way as sixth best NAIA institution for both academic and athletic success. Football is ranked 11th, women’s tennis 19th, baseball 21st, softball 22nd, men’s basketball 24th, women’s golf and volleyball both came in at 26th, women’s basketball 28th, women’s soccer 29th, men’s soccer and women’s track and field 30th, men’s golf and men’s tennis 31st, and men’s track and field rounds it all out as 36th in the NAIA for best all-around program.
“To say 15 of our 22 varsity sports are among the Top 40 for success in all three phases of what matters to a student-athlete and their parents is humbling,” Evans said. “Since taking over as AD in 2011, this has been a solid rock upon which I’ve placed our departmental focus. We are seeing the fruits of this labor and above all else, it is honors such as this I’m proudest.”
- Jenny Elder, Sports Information Director