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by Jessica S. McDunn, University Relations

HPU has been ranked 19th among NCAA Division II universities in the 5th Annual National Collegiate Scouting Association (NCSA) Collegiate Power Rankings. HPU was again named one of the 123 best Western colleges in the United States, according to The Princeton Review, which features it in the “Best Colleges: Region by Region” section of PrincetonReview.com.

NCSA’s Collegiate Power Rankings rate colleges and universities comprehensively based on student-athlete graduation rates, academic strength, and athletic prowess of the university. HPU is in an elite group of less than 6 percent of colleges and universities across the nation to make NCSA’s Top 100 for 2007.

“ With so many great colleges and universities to choose from, NCSA’s power rankings objectively help student-athletes compare collegiate opportunities so they know how institutions stack up pound for pound,” said NCSA CEO and Founder Chris Krause. “With this ranking, it shows us that Hawai‘i Pacific University not only places importance on winning games, but on academics and graduating players as well, especially in the last year.”

“ HPU’s athletics department works with every student-athlete to assure they fulfill their responsibilities as students,” said HPU Athletics Director and Head Men’s Basketball Coach Darren Vorderbruegge. “We are proud to be listed in the top 20 of the Division II Collegiate Power Rankings, validating the importance we place on academics as part of HPU’s total educational program.”

In addition, Princeton Review again named HPU one of the 123 best Western colleges in the United States, in addition to its ranking of the school, earlier this year, one of the best overall values among the most academically outstanding colleges in the nation.

“ It is nice to be recognized by these guidebooks,” said HPU President Chatt G. Wright, “for our efforts as a nationwide leader in providing a rigorous and quality education for our students.”

“ I encourage anyone who is interested to learn more about HPU,” added Wright, who suggested students and parents make contact with HPU’s Admissions Department, via the HPU Web site, and “arrange a tour of our three campuses and facilities.”


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