8 Must Know Facts About NCAA Division II Athletics

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Academic emphasis. Division II’s “regionalization” philosophy in scheduling limits missed class time for student-athletes.
  4.  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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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).
  7. 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.
  8. 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*