Division II Colleges

NCAA division II Quick Stats:

Total NCAA division II members 302
52% are public institutions and 48% are private institutions
Student body population ranges in size from 2,500-15,000
Average number of students at DII institutions: 4,500
Nearly 50% of student-athletes earn some type of athletically funded financial aid
DII attributes: Learning, Service, Passion, Sportsmanship, Resourcefulness, Balance

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With our advanced search features you can find schools based on major, regions of the US and even GPA and SAT/ACT test requirements. As an example of how important refining your searches can be, there are over 1,400 colleges with men’s soccer programs. However, if you are only interested in DII schools with above average academics and a program that has played in the championship game in the last two years, there are only four programs. Our advanced search tools will save you hours getting the details about a school on your own.

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NCAA D2 Schools by the Numbers

Northeast Region (Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland)

There are 100 DII universities in this region with an average tuition of $24,973 and an average school size 3,500 students.

Southeast Region (West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Tennessee, Kentucky)

There are 60 DII colleges in this region and the average school size is 2,100 students and the average tuition is $22,000 per year.

Central Region (Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, Arkansas, Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma)

There are 40 D2 schools in this region and the average cost and school size are $21,000 and 2,800 respectfully.

West Region (Washington, Oregon, California, Arizona, Nevada, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, Alaska, Hawaii)

There are 48 universities in the west region. These DII institutions have on average 5,800 students *the largest at the DII level and cost on average $21,000 per year.

Sports and Championships Offered at the D2 Level

Not all NCAA sports are available at the DII level. The following sports host NCAA championships at the D2 level: Baseball, Basketball (Men’s and Women’s), Cross Country (Men’s and Women’s), Football, Golf (Men’s and Women’s), Lacrosse (Men’s only), Soccer (Men’s and Women’s), Swimming/Diving (Men’s and Women’s), Tennis (Men’s and Women’s), Track and Field (Men’s and Women’s), Volleyball (Women’s only), Wrestling.

Sports Not Offered at the NCAA DII Level

The following sports are not offered at the NCAA D2 level: Ice Hockey (Men’s and Women’s), Water Polo (Men’s and Women’s), Men’s Volleyball, Women’s Bowling, Equestrian, Gymnastics (Men’s and Women’s), Rifle and Skiing. Schools that compete at the NCAA DII level might have these sports within their athletic department, but they compete at under a separate regulatory body.

What sets Division II apart from the other divisions?

Division II is considered the intermediate division level of competition, which offers an alternative to the highly competitive level of intercollegiate sports at the Division I level and the non-athletic scholarship level offered at Division III.

What makes a division 2 athlete?

Division II athletes choose to compete at this level of competition because they understand the need and importance of balancing academics and athletics. Athletes wanting to compete at this level will need to register with the NCAA eligibility center to meet both academic and amateur requirements.

Why do student-athletes choose Division II?

Athletes who end up committing to division II schools and universities are experienced athletes and serious students. These student-athletes want to focus on their athletic skills as much as they want to earn a college degree. Athletic seasons for division II sports are slightly shorter than that of division I; giving students the opportunity to focus on their college studies.

How many scholarships are offered at the division II level?

Because the amount of scholarships allotted to each college is determined by the division level. College sponsored sports for division II can range from 3-12 scholarships per team, for Men’s sports and 5-13 scholarships per team for women’s sports. All division II scholarships are equivalency sports, meaning that scholarships awarded can be split up and given to multiple student-athletes on the same team.

Not every sport will be represented at each division II college, which is why it is important for potential recruits to begin their search early so they will have a better chance of locking in the right college opportunity.

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Do you have the grades to play at a division II school?

NCAA Division II currently requires 14 core courses
3 years of English.
2 years of mathematics (Algebra I or higher).
2 years of natural/physical science (1 year of lab if offered by high school).
2 years of additional English, mathematics or natural/physical science.
2 years of social science.
3 years of additional courses (from any area above, foreign language or comparative religion/philosophy).
A minimum SAT score of 820 or an ACT sum score of 68

Division II will require 16 core courses for students enrolling on or after August 1, 2013
3 years of English.
2 years of mathematics (Algebra I or higher).
2 years of natural/physical science (1 year of lab if offered by high school).
3 years of additional English, mathematics or natural/physical science.
2 years of social science.
4 years of additional courses (from any area above, foreign language or comparative religion/philosophy)

For more information about how to register with the NCAA Eligibility Center go here.

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