Division I, II, III
Division I and II colleges have scholarships to give away; Division III colleges do not. However, Division III colleges will certainly have slots for athletes and need-based financial aid for those who qualify.
Division I athletics is definitely a lifestyle choice; athletic practices and games will dominate much of a student’s time at college.
Some Division III programs can be as competitive as Division I programs. However, in general, students can have a broader college experience more easily at a Division III college. They can often also entertain the possibility of being a two or possibly three-season athlete.
The Bottom Line
Stay organized, set your priorities, be flexible and communicate often with your coach and your college counselor. In November of your junior year, the college counseling office will give you a lot of information that you should read. Remember that for most athletes—particularly for Division IAA and III, grades, difficulty of courses and test scores remain critically important for admission.
Information adapted from The Potomac School