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Princeton Finishes 26th In LEARFIELD Directors’ Cup

Final Standings

Once again, Princeton ranks among the nation’s top overall Division I athletic programs, finishing the 2022-23 academic year ranked No. 26 in the LEARFIELD Directors’ Cup. With a total of 799.00 points, Princeton was again the highest-finishing FCS program and led all Ivy League schools.

Overall, 19 sports are counted in the final DI standings, four of which must be women’s volleyball and basketball and men’s basketball and baseball. The next highest (15 max.) sports scored for each institution, regardless of gender, are used in the standings.

Of the four mandatory sports, Princeton received points from both men’s basketball and women’s basketball who not only reached the NCAA Tournament but made Ivy League history when both teams won a game — making Princeton the first Ivy school to win games in both tournaments in the same year.

In addition to the two basketball teams, Princeton received points from (in order of NCAA finish) fencing, women’s rowing, women’s water polo, men’s water polo, field hockey, men’s lacrosse, wrestling, women’s tennis, men’s indoor track and field, men’s swimming and diving, men’s cross country, women’s cross country, men’s outdoor track and field, and men’s golf.

Princeton tallied 290.00 points this past spring, following a winter where the Tigers scored 361.00 points and a fall where Princeton opened with 148.00 points.

The Tigers’ 26th place finish was one point behind Oklahoma State which finished 25th overall. Texas A&M was 24th, with Oklahoma (23rd), California (22nd), Washington (21st) and Notre Dame (20th) also just ahead of Princeton in the overall standings.

Princeton was ahead of Wisconsin (27th), Utah (28th), Nebraska (29th) and Northwestern (30th) in the overall standings

Notes To Know On Princeton’s 2022-23 LEARFIELD Directors’ Cup Performance
– Princeton’s 799.00 points scored are the second-most all-time by a FCS program, trailing only the 868.25 scored by Princeton last year en route to a FCS-record 18th place finish.
– Of the 28 full seasons of the LEARFIELD Directors’ Cup where Princeton has competed, the Tigers have led schools who compete in FCS football 26 times.
– Princeton holds the top 15 finishes in the LEARFIELD Directors’ Cup standings all-time by a school who competes in FCS football.

The LEARFIELD Directors’ Cup was developed as a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA Today.

Please note, standings published midseason are unofficial. Official standings will be published upon the completion of the spring season. Complete standings and the scoring structure can be found on NACDA’s website at In addition, please visit and follow us on Twitter @ldirectorscup.


september, 2023