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Lissa Diaz

Bethel University has been named one of the best schools in the U.S. for student-athletes, according to the Next College Student-Athlete (NCSA), the country's largest and most successful college athletic recruiting network.

NCSA's 2019 NCSA Power Rankings, an annual list of the Top Colleges and Universities in the U.S. for student-athletes, ranked Bethel No. 14 in the NAIA. Bethel University athletics was also recognized in the following areas:

    No. 9 in Baseball
    No. 5 in Men's Basketball
    No. 10 in Men's Golf
    No. 8 in Men's Soccer
    No. 6 in Men's Swimming & Diving
    No. 6 in Men's Tennis
    No. 2 in Men's Track & Field
    No. 4 in Softball
    No. 21 in Women's Basketball
    No. 5 in Women's Golf
    No. 2 in Women's Lacrosse
    No. 14 in Women's Soccer
    No. 8 in Women's Swimming & Diving
    No. 6 in Women's Tennis
    No. 6 in Women's Track & Field
    No. 6 in Women's Volleyball

"It's exciting to see that Bethel University athletics is as highly regarded as we are compared to other athletic departments across the country," stated Bethel University Athletic Director Tony Natali. "It speaks volumes that high school student-athletes are looking to us as a potential place to continue their academic and athletic careers. We are all about enhancing the student-athlete experience and will do our very best moving forward to be student-athlete focused while remaining Christ-centered."

NCSA Power Rankings offer a comprehensive analysis of the best NCAA and NAIA schools across the country. Colleges and universities are ranked overall and broken out by division and sport into the top schools for 2019.

Unlike traditional power rankings, which list schools based purely on athletic performance, the NCSA Power Rankings evaluate colleges and universities on a range of criteria that student-athletes find most important when considering potential schools including athletics, academics, and, for the first time, affordability.

"Our research shows that student-athletes are more likely to find the right college when they consider a variety of factors," said NCSA President Lisa Strasman. "Each year, the NCSA Power Rankings analyze schools based on the criteria athletes and families find most important, and this year, Bethel University stood out among all U.S. colleges and universities as one of the Best Schools in the U.S. for Student-Athletes." 

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