Waves Continue to Excel in NCSA Collegiate Power Rankings
Sept. 27, 2013
MALIBU, Calif. - Pepperdine University made a big jump in the newest edition of the annual NCSA Collegiate Power Rankings, which takes into account postseason success, academic rankings and student-athlete graduation rates. The Waves continue to rank second among Division I schools on the West Coast.
This is the 11th year that NCSA Athletic Recruiting has put together its rankings for NCAA Division I, II and III schools. Its ratings are calculated by averaging schools' Learfield Sports Directors' Cup ranking, NCAA student-athlete graduation rates and U.S. News & World Report ratings.
Of the West Coast Division I schools on the list, Pepperdine only trailed Stanford. The Waves were 25th among all Division I schools and moved up 10 spots to 42nd overall on the list that includes Division II and III schools.
In the 2012-13 school year, the men's tennis team made the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championships, leading five Pepperdine squads that advanced to NCAA postseason play. The women's soccer, women's tennis and women's indoor volleyball teams each took part in the first round of their respective NCAA Tournaments, while the women's golf team competed at the NCAA West Regional. Pepperdine finished in 92nd place overall in the final NACDA/Learfield Sports Director's Cup standings.
In the most recent U.S. News & World Report study released this fall, Pepperdine was #57 in the national university rankings.
In October 2012, the last time the NCAA put out Graduation Success Rate data, 13 of the Waves' 14 programs had averages better than the national rate and nine teams (men's and women's cross country/track, men's and women's golf, women's soccer, men's and women's tennis and men's and women's volleyball) received perfect scores. Pepperdine's overall GSR was 94 percent, a figure that ranked best among all Division I schools in Southern California and second among all 24 California schools.