NCAA Division 1 Schools
These schools have the second highest amount of student athletes. Their wide variety of programs represent the largest athletic budget in the NCAA, and a sizable portion of the available athlete scholarships. This division alone represents $2.7 billion in athletic scholarships.
- 351 Schools
- 56% receive scholarship aid
- 83% Graduation Success Rate
- 161,000 student athletes
- Average: 19 teams per school
- 26 National Championships yearly
NCAA Division 2 Schools
Home to the third-highest amount amount of student athletes in the NCAA, these schools combine a high level of academic achievement and athletic competition.
- 310 Schools
- 61% receive scholarship aid
- 71% Graduation Success Rate
- 109,800 student athletes
- Average: 15 teams per school
- 25 National Championships yearly
NCAA Division 3 Schools
With the highest amount of schools and student athletes, schools in Division 3 provide the most opportunities for student athletes to pursue academic studies supported by financial assistance from their athletic skills.
- 447 Schools
- 82% receive scholarship aid
- 87% Graduation Success Rate
- 179,000 student athletes
- Average: 18 teams per school
- 28 National Championships yearly
Other Benefits for Student Athletes
There are more perks to being part of a collegiate team than just the financial assistance, too, such as:
- Student-athletes have regular access to top-notch coaching, facilities and equipment. These resources typically cost Olympic athletes thousands of dollars per year.
- Student-athletes have access to cafeteria “training tables” on campus, with Division I and II schools permitted to furnish unlimited meals. In addition, some schools hire nutritionists and dieticians to work with each student-athlete.
- Student-athletes have the opportunity to travel across the country and around the world for regular-season contests, NCAA championships and foreign tours. These experiences can open doors in both the sporting world and in other professions.
- Increasingly, the business world is focusing on creating a team environment with employees. By competing in college sports, student-athletes learn important skills such as leadership, time management and how to work with others toward a common goal.
- A college degree has a direct impact on a person’s quality of life. A 2013 report by The College Board shows that the median lifetime earnings of bachelor’s degree recipients are 65 percent higher than those of high school graduates.
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