CHICAGO – The University of Chicago earned its highest finish ever in the annual Learfield IMG College Directors' Cup rankings, capturing ninth place at the conclusion of the 2018-19 academic year.
The Learfield IMG College Directors' Cup was developed as a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA Today. The points system is based on each institution's postseason finish in up to 18 sports (nine women's and nine men's).
The Maroons scored 806.5 points over the course of the year to end in the top 10 for the first time. A total of 340 NCAA Division III schools recorded points in 2018-19 final standings, out of a membership total of 450 institutions. UChicago's previous best placement was 12th with 693 points scored in 2017-18. Overall, the Maroons have finished in the Directors' Cup top 20 for six-straight years.
Thirteen different sports contributed to UChicago's record point total with performances at their respective NCAA Championships:
- Men's Soccer (NCAA Semifinals)
- Women's Cross Country (11th place)
- Men's Cross Country (12th place)
- Women's Volleyball (NCAA Second Round)
- Women's Soccer (NCAA First Round)
- Women's Indoor Track & Field (6th place)
- Women's Swimming & Diving (6th place)
- Men's Swimming & Diving (8th place)
- Wrestling (24th place)
- Women's Basketball (NCAA First Round)
- Men's Tennis (NCAA Semifinals)
- Women's Tennis (NCAA Quarterfinals)
- Women's Outdoor Track & Field (8th place)
Williams College took the trophy in first place with 1,117 points. All eight institutions in the University Athletic Association (UAA) finished in the top-65, including Washington University – St. Louis (third), Emory University (fifth), UChicago (ninth), Carnegie Mellon University (33rd), New York University (34th), University of Rochester (43rd), Brandeis University (53rd) and Case Western Reserve University (65th).