Division II of the NCAA has over 300 member universities and colleges. Contrary to what a lot of high school athletes think the standard of competition is quite high.
There are 89 Division 2 championships covering all 23 sports. Each championship is controlled by a committee of administrators and college coaches.
Athletic scholarships offered by division 2 schools are equivalency scholarships so the majority are partial scholarships.
The following sports are offered by member schools:
Basketball, Baseball, Bowling, Cross Country, Fencing, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Gymnastics, Ice Hockey, Indoor Track and Field, Lacrosse, Rifle, Skiing, Soccer, Softball, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Water Polo, and Wrestling.
Most schools in this division are smaller schools in comparison to DI colleges.
Playing sport at division 2 level is an avenue favored by a lot of international athletes because there is less academic regulation at this level. These smaller colleges welcome foreign athletes because as well as competing for the school they also enrich the learning experience of their students.
Scholarship limits are usually less at Division 2 schools. Taking football as an example, in division I 85 individual scholarships are allowed while in division II only 36 equivalency scholarships are awarded.
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