For some, bigger isn’t always better. In our case, take NCAA Division I versus Division II athletics. Depending on an individual student-athlete’s goals, D – II play may be the better option…here is why that may be so:
- Athletics scholarships. The partial athletics scholarship model rewards athletics ability while allowing student-athletes to earn other sources of financial aid. A recent study on the financial impact of the partial-scholarship model found that in general, scholarship student-athletes benefit institutions’ overall academic profile, and the partial-aid model generates revenue for the school.
- Graduation rates. Division II’s student-athlete graduation rate is consistently higher than that of the total student body. Division II also features a high number of first-generation college students, thus increasing access to education.
- Academic emphasis. Division II’s “regionalization” philosophy in scheduling limits missed class time for student-athletes.
- Balanced Bottom Line. The median expense for Division II athletics departments with football is roughly $6.5 million, while that figure is about $17 million for Division I Football Championship Subdivision programs and about $71 million for programs in the Division I Football Bowl Subdivision.
- Community engagement. Through student-athlete leadership, Division II has enjoyed long-term and successful partnerships with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Team Impact and military groups. In addition, Division II conducts community engagement activities at all championships final sites.
- Favorable admission rates. Division II membership is split almost evenly between public and private institutions. On average, Division II schools have the highest admission rate (70 percent, versus 62-63 percent in the other two divisions).
- National Championships Festivals. Division II is the only NCAA division that conducts “National Championships Festivals,” Olympic-style events in which a number of national championships are held at a single site over a period of several days.
- National championship opportunities. Division II features unparalleled opportunity for student-athletes to advance to national championship competition as a result of the division’s generous championship access ratios (the highest among the three NCAA divisions).
*Content taken from NCAA.com*