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Division Info

    Division I:
  • Schools need to sponsor at least 7 sports for men and 7 for women (or 6 for men and 8 for women) with 2 team sports for each gender.
  • For sports other than football and basketball, schools must play 100 percent of the minimum number of contests against Division I opponents, and anything over the minimum has to be 50 percent Division I.
  • For basketball, men's and women's teams must play all but two games against Division I teams; for men, they must play one-third of all their games in the home arena.
  • For football, teams need to meet the minimum attendance requirements - an average of 15,000 people in actual or paid attendance per home game.
  • Schools must meet minimum financial aid awards for their athletics programs, and there are maximum financial aid awards for each sport that these schools can't exceed.

  • Division II:
  • Schools need to sponsor at least 5 sports for men and 5 for women (or 4 for men and 6 for women) with 2 team sports for each gender.
  • Football and men's and women's basketball teams have to play at least 50 percent of their games against Division II opponents.
  • For sports other than football and basketball, there are no scheduling requirements. There are no attendance requirements for football.
  • There are maximum financial aid awards for each sport that these schools can't exceed.
  • Typically, these schools have a number of local or in-state student athletes. Traditional rivalries with regional institutions dominate schedules of most athletic programs.
  • The athletic programs are financed in the school's budget like other academic departments on campus.

  • Division III:
  • Schools must sponsor at least 5 sports for men and 5 for women, with 2 team sports for each gender.
  • There are minimum contest and participant minimums for each sport.
  • Student athletes receive no financial aid related to their athletic ability, and athletic departments are staffed and funded like all other university departments.
  • Athletic programs place primary emphasis on regional in-season and conference competition and encourage participation by maximizing the number and variety of athletic opportunities available to students.

  • See more details on the differences between the divisions on the NCAA website.

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