College Sport Divisions

College Sport Divisions

College Sport Divisions

You've possibly heard of the different divisions for college sports, but how are they organized, and why is there more than one division? And if you want to be a student athlete, which division is best for you?

Let’s break down the differences between the divisions of college sports to give you a better idea of what separates the NCAA, NAIA and NJCAA. For those of you who wish to participate in intercollegiate athletics, learn which division would best suit your interests and abilities.

NCAA Division I

Division I colleges, on average, enrol the most students, manage the largest sports budgets, offer a wide array of academic programs and provide the most athletics scholarships. 

NCAA Division II

Division II colleges provide growth opportunities through academic achievement, high-level competition and a focus on community engagement. 



Division III colleges provide an integrated environment focusing on academic success while offering a competitive athletics environment.



The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) is a college athletics association for 251 small colleges and universities in North America.



The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA), is the governing association of sport for 525 community college, state college and junior colleges throughout the United States.