5 Things you didn’t know about DII & DIII Schools
It’s a fact Division II and III universities are often overlooked during the recruiting process. Many athletes begin their recruiting process with the DI or bust mentality, shamelessly throwing aside letters and ignoring emails from schools not bearing the DI label or a big school name.What many athletes don’t realize though is that Division II and III colleges are just as willing to open their doors and change purses to athletes.
- They come in all Shapes and Sizes DII and DIII schools are located throughout the United States with over 700 active members in 45 conferences. Student populations range from 15,000 to 2,000, Smaller populations allow for smaller class sizes which translates to direct contact with professors unlike larger schools where it’s not uncommon for class sizes to be upwards of 300 with students seldom have little if any interaction with professors.
- Athletic Scholarship Division II and III universities are more comparable to Ivy Leagues in that their philosophy is academics before athletics. Sports are still of notable concern however with many of the same opportunities for play as Division I and therefore scholarship offers. In 2014 Division II and III institutions gave out over 500 million in sport scholarships and 4.7 billion in other scholarships translating to 87% of DII and DIII athletes receiving scholarship compared to only 75% of DI athletes.
- Contributing to the Team As the demand of student athletes who want to play for Division I teams far exceeds the number of athletes needed there is often an oversaturation of talent. Athletes in these types of situations, although talented, may find themselves lost in the shuffle as more skilled or senior athletes are favored to play. By choosing to play outside of DI, student athletes are more likely to see action on the field and contribute to their program as teams are often smaller.
- Competition Many athletes enter recruiting under the impression that teams only play within their designated division. However, it is not uncommon for the different divisions to compete against each other, especially in individual sports such as golf and track and field. Similarly, there have been many professional athletes who have come out of DII and DIII such as track and field Olympian Nick Symmonds.
- They’re some of the best schools What Division II and III may lack in athletic appeal them more than make up for with their academics. These institutions make up some of the most prestigious schools in the country such as:
Adelphi University, New York DII
Johns Hopkins, Maryland DIII
MIT, Massachusetts DIII
Rollins College, Florida DII
University of California-San Diego, California DII
University of Chicago, Illinois DIII
Wesleyan University, Connecticut DIII
So the next time you get an email from a school other than Division I think twice before throwing it aside. If you haven’t started you’re recruiting process yet contact Athletes USA today