Many college-bound student-athletes may be exploring enrollment and intercollegiate athletics opportunities at NCAA Division III colleges and universities. If you want to know more about the Division III student-athlete experience, here are a few facts:
- More student-athletes participate in Division III athletics than at any other level of four-year college/university competition. Approximately 40 percent (183,500 in 2012-13) of NCAA student-athletes compete at one of Division III's 448 colleges/universities. Seventy-five percent of student-athletes receive merit and/or need-based financial aid.
- On average, one-fifth of all students enrolled at Division III institutions participate in intercollegiate athletics.
- Division III minimizes the potential conflicts between athletics and academics through shorter playing and practice seasons, greater contest limits, prohibiting “red shirting” and limiting organized out-of-season activities.
- Division III student-athletes report spending an average of 30 hours weekly in their sport – enough for a competitive experience, but less than other divisions. This leaves more time for full involvement in classes and other academic interests (e.g. study abroad), and for year-round participation in a wide range of extracurricular programs and community service.
- Division III student-athletes perform well academically. Sixty-eight percent of student-athletes enrolling as freshmen in 2005-06 graduated within six years, compared to 62 percent of all students.