In Praise of Division III Athletics
When thinking about colleges, athletes have a tendency to focus on D1 schools. In the process, they effectively ignore about 450 colleges and universities that may otherwise be a good fit for them socially and academically.
Established in 1973, Division III athletics was established as an alternative to the DI schools that sometimes allowed the "athlete" part of student-athlete to come first.
According to an editorial in the Huffington post, " the founding philosophy [of Division III] asserted that athletics was part of the educational process and that student-athletes should be treated in a manner similar to other students. The intention was to balance the tensions between athletics and academics by prohibiting athletics scholarships, and by requiring shorter practice and playing seasons to reduce the time spent away from studies."
For those with professional ambitions, or who prioritize a high degree of competition, DI may be the best way to go. However, for those seeking a more rounded collegiate experience, Division III ( which is the NCAA’s largest group of member schools, conferences and student-athletes)is a great option to keep in mind. It has served student-athletes and institutions well for more than 40 years, and will only continue to do so.
Although Division III schools don't offer athletic scholarships, students are eligible to receive financial aids as well as academic scholarships based on their high school, SAT, and TOEFL perfomances.