FAQs The Difference In Collegiate Classifications – Division I vs. II, III and NAIA?

The 'Division Stigma'.

There seems to be a “stigma” in athletics between Division I and everything else. From an early age, many athletes are motivated by a “Division I Scholarship” – thinking anything short of that is a virtual failure.

The truth is, aside from some “free money” (by the way most Division I programs do not offer full scholarships to each player), the other Divisions are just as competitive on the field and offer a very similar collegiate playing experience. A large majority of college athletes are made up of D II, III and NAIA players. Granted, most of these players are there for an education first, but participating on a team can make the college experience more rewarding while creating lifelong work ethics, lessons and friendships.