College Athletics Div II

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Discus: What Are My Chances?: September 2003 Archive: College Athletics Div II
By Giraffe (Giraffe) on Saturday, September 20, 2003 - 02:13 am: Edit

How much can a Division II school offer you if you are a great athlete? Say, you're among the top 100 high-schoolers in the country for the Long Jump and you apply to UC San Diego. How much could they offer? And does it come from the school, or athletic department? Or what? Thanks.

Not that I'm a good athlete or anything

By Jamimom (Jamimom) on Sunday, September 21, 2003 - 12:43 am: Edit

They can give you a full ride. D-2 schools can offer the same packages as D-1. They just tend to be smaller, less competitive schools. Many are former state teachers colleges that have since upgraded to university status and there are also a bunch of catholic schools. As to specific sports, you'll have to look that up in an athletic college guide or call the athletic director of a specific college. Even looking it up is risky, because things change from year to year. Just because a sport is offered at a D-1 or D-2 school does not mean that scholarship money is offered for it and some sports get more money than others. If a school has a particular interest in a sport they may offer more for it than another school. For instance, Georgetown offers no money for swimming but a full ride for basketball.
The money is distributed by the athletic department--they determine how much you get but it all goes through the central business office. Again, the individual schools have flexibility in this. In many schools the coach can tell you right over the phone what he can give you. With others the athletic director may have to get involved and still with others they may want to wrap an athletic award around financial aid or a merit award and it can get complicated. Essentially, if a school wants you athletically, the coaches and athletic director will work with you to get a financial aid package. Hope this helps.

By Yaearb (Yaearb) on Sunday, September 21, 2003 - 01:21 pm: Edit

could you please explain me all this division thing?

By Chim_Chim (Chim_Chim) on Sunday, September 21, 2003 - 08:31 pm: Edit

There is also NAIA, which is similar to Division 2 except the schools usually have lower enrollments.

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