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Top College Programs – 2013 Rankings

Ultimate Frisbee.com

Editor’s Note: There has been some confusion regarding the yearly format. This is not a competitive ranking system on a year by year basis, (these fine folks do an awesome job at that) but rather a historical look that gets updated each year.

For the first time in 14 years, no team named Wisconsin, Colorado or Carleton reached the final game. Instead, the final game of 2013 featured the reigning champs, Pittsburgh against a surprisingly resilient Central Florida team. UCF’s (Dogs of War), have appeared only one other time at Nationals. That was last year, (2012) where they finished in a tie for 5th place.

With a hard fought, though dominant win over UCF and back to back titles for only the 4th time in the men’s college division (UCSB, East Carolina, Wisconsin), the El Sabah Nur program has jumped from 34th place in 2008 to 11th following their 2013 National Championship.

[Read the original post describing the ratings methodology].

Here is another ranking method by former UPA Board Member 2002-2004, Joe Seidler.

2013 Final Rankings as of June 1, 2013
*Four Semi-finalists (order of finish)
Rank School Name Ranking Points Trips to Nationals Most Recent Appearance Finals Appearances Championships
1 Carleton (3) 76 23 2013 6 2001 2009 2011
2 UC Santa Barbara 71 18 2006 9 1988 1989 1990 1996 1997 1998
3 Stanford 66 20 2011 8 1984 2002
4 Wisconsin 57 20 2013 7 2003 2007 2008
5 Colorado 54 16 2013 5 2004
6 Cornell 43 18 2013 0
7 Texas 33 19 2013 0
8 Brown 31 9 2007 2 2000 2005
9 Oregon (4) 30 11 2013 2 1992
10 UNC-Wilmington 27 11 2013 3 1993
11 Pittsburgh (1) 25 9 2013 2 2012 2013
12 Florida 25 6 2011 3 2006 2010
13 East Carolina 22 10 1998 2 1994 1995
14 Georgia 21 15 2013 0
15 UC Santa Cruz 20 9 2011 2 1991
16 Kansas 19 17 2007 0
17 Michigan 19 12 2012 0
18 NC State 17 7 2004 1 1999
19 Penn 14 7 2003 1 1985
20 UMASS 14 4 1988 2 1986
21 UC Berkeley 12 5 2012 0
22 Harvard 12 8 2013 0
23 Illinois 12 8 2013 0
24 Tufts 12 8 2012 0
25 Iowa 9 6 2011 0
26 UNC – Chapel Hill 9 7 2013 0
27 Central Florida (2) 8 3 2013 1
28 UC San Diego 8 5 2010 0
29 Delaware 8 4 2008 0
30 Chabot/Positas 8 3 1994 1 1987
31 William & Mary 7 3 2004 0
32 Michigan State 6 3 2006 0
33 Wesleyan 6 6 1997 0
34 Carnegie Mellon 6 4 1989 0
35 Georgia Tech 5 5 2012 0
36 Williams 5 5 2009 0
37 Indiana 5 4 2007 0
38 SUNY Purchase 5 3 1990 0
39 SW Missouri State 5 3 1987 0
40 Princeton 5 5 2000 0
41 Dartmouth 4 3 2013 0
42 Luther College 4 2 2013 0
43 Oberlin 4 4 1999 0
44 Rice 4 4 2000 0
45 Yale 4 4 1999 0
46 Columbia 4 2 1989 0
47 Cal-Poly 4 2 1987 0
48 Glassboro State 4 1 1984 1
49 Ohio University 3 3 2013 0
50 Washington 3 3 2013 0
51 Florida State 3 2 2013 0
52 Minnesota 3 3 2012 0
53 Ohio State 3 3 2013 0
54 British Columbia 3 2 2005 0
55 Winona State 3 2 2000 0
56 LSU 3 3 1998 0
57 SUNY Albany 3 1 1993 0
58 Vermont 3 3 1992 0
59 Texas A&M 2 2 2008 0
60 Queen’s Kingston 2 1 2005 0
61 George Washington 2 2 2004 0
62 Penn State 2 1 2003 0
63 Swarthmore 2 1 2002 0
64 Duke 2 2 2001 0
65 Notre Dame 2 1 2000 0
66 Salisbury State 2 2 2000 0
67 Boston College 2 1 1998 0
68 Las Positas 2 1 1994 0
69 SUNY Binghamton 2 1 1994 0
70 St. Louis University 2 1 1988 0
71 MIT 2 2 1986 0
72 UC Davis 1 1 2013 0
 

8 Comments

  1. Cornell went to the Finals in 1978 and 1992, not sure how far back your records go. Might think about including semis appearances or all time record. Big difference between 3rd and 20th

  2. By my count, Pittsburgh has nine nationals appearances (2005–2013) and two finals appearances (2012, 2013).

  3. Minor, but Pittsburgh has been to nationals every year since 2005. I believe that puts them at 9 trips.

    • Profile photo of Castor Breckinridge

      Thanks for the note. We will make that adjustment. We did double check the total points number, which had already accounted for 9 trips.

  4. I think you have some data integrity issues. Just a quick scan of teams I know about: Central Florida has 1 finals appearance (2013) and you list them as having 0. Florida has 3 finals appearances (two titles and lost to Wisconsin in 2008) but you list 2. UCSD has never been to the finals (best finish was semis in 2005), but you list them as having one finals. Colorado has been to 16 consecutive nationals (’98-’13), but you list them only making nationals 14 times.

    I think you should get a better data set and rerun your analysis.

    • Profile photo of Castor Breckinridge

      Bob, thanks very much for your notes. We did make those adjustments, and while they were not accounted for in the individual columns, they were accounted for in the total points allocation. Keep ’em coming.

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