College sports offer student-athletes opportunities to learn, compete, and succeed.
Division I schools, on average, enroll the most students, manage the largest athletics budgets, offer a wide array of academic programs and provide the most athletics scholarships. There are approximately 173,500 student-athletes throughout 346 Division I colleges and universities. 53 percent of all student-athletes receive some level of athletics aid. In 2012 the Graduation Success Rate was 81 percent.
Division II provides growth opportunities through academic achievement, high-level athletics competition and community engagement. Many participants are first-generation college students. There are approximately 109,100 student-athletes throughout 300 Division II colleges and universities. On average 56 percent of all student-athletes receive some level of athletics aid.
The Division III experience provides an integrated environment that focuses on academic success while offering competitive athletics and meaningful non-athletics opportunities. There are approximately 183,500 student-athletes throughout 450 Division III colleges and universities. On average, 75 percent of all student-athletes receive some form of academic grant or need-based scholarship; institutional gift aid totals $13,500 on average
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