Division 3 Colleges
There are 442 D3 schools across 34 different states. This means there are more opportunities to play college sports at the NCAA D3 level than any other division level of collegiate sports. While division 3 schools do not offer traditional athletic scholarships, they can often times put together financial aid packages that are equal or more than what you would get with a partial scholarship at other division levels.
What is a Typical D3 School Like?
NCAA D3 colleges are smaller private universities and the majority of the schools are in the southern and eastern parts of the US. DIII schools have less practice time than other division levels and put more emphases on achieving athletic and academic success. Many athletes choose to play D3 sports because the smaller schools fit what they are looking for in a college experience and they can focus more attention on their degree.
What College Sports are Like at NCAA D3 Schools?
Many athletes make the assumption that D3 schools are not competitive. They think because they don’t know about the schools or because they are not on television the competition isn’t very good. Many division 3 athletes choose to play D3 because they liked the school more or because they liked the balance of academics and athletics. Often times they have turned down scholarship offers at higher division levels to go to a D3 school.
What to Look for When Considering a D3 College?
Because many of the DIII colleges are private schools an important consideration is cost. Additionally, being smaller schools they don’t always offer a lot of different majors and you will want to make sure the school you are considering has your major. One of the biggest benefits to the NCAA D3 level is the relaxed recruiting rules. Coaches at these schools are allowed to contact you and give you scholarship offers at any point, where as D1 and D2 coaches are restricted in when they can contact athletes.
Getting Recruited by D3 Coaches
Many D3 programs have limited recruiting budgets and rely on online recruiting tools to find and evaluate athletes. Free online profiles allow coaches to search a database for athletes and establish contact with them via email. 90% of coaches say the recruiting process starts online. By having an online profile you can be sure that coaches will be able to make their initial evaluations and begin recruiting you.
Author: David Frank