Must I go Division I or Nothing?
High school athletes have a tendency only to want to attend Division I or Division II university programmes, but in reality, playing at these schools is not a possibility at that time. Many students who leave high school are still growing and not fully developed to play at this level. Only 1% of all college athletes get full scholarships to NCAA Division I schools, meaning you have much more opportunity in Division II and Division III.
Why Division III May be Right For You.
Division III colleges are proud to claim that their athletes do not compete for scholarship money alone. D III Colleges do not offer Sports Scholarships, claiming their students only compete for the love of the sport. This "no scholarship" philosophy gives colleges the opportunity to focus on the quality of the education and not the PR crisis if their football team has a disastrous season.
Why You Might Not Have to Pay More to Attend a D III College.
Students who play Division III need to understand that just because there are no athletic scholarships, doesn’t mean their financial obligations will increase. Students can apply for academic and needs-based financial aid which are some of the best ways athletes can keep the cost of their education down.
Why Division III is as Serious as DII or DI.
The common misconception of DIII is that the schools are not as prestigious as their higher division counterparts. But in reality, Division III college athletes are extremely serious and proud to play for their colleges. These athletes have the same opportunities to use their sporting talents to achieve their professional goals. Richie Marquez, who played four years at the Division III University of Redlands, was the 44th pick in the 2014 Major League Soccer (MLS) SuperDraft and is now a member of the Philadelphia Union MLS team. Richie is a fantastic example of how lower division college players can still make it in the big leagues.
Why a Big Name College Might not be Right for You.
When looking at college and universities, students and parents need to look past the name and history of the university. What is critical to making the right college decision is to think about whether the programme is the right fit academically, athletically and socially. If this fit is a division III college in a small country town, you need to have the courage to make the best decision.