College Athletic Divisions

In this post we are going to go over how college sports in the U.S. are organized and the different college athletic divisions. This post targets specifically international athletes as U.S. athletes probably already know this information.

College Athletic Divisions
Depending on what sport you exercise the season looks different. What is common is that the schools belong to different conferences and region. You can compare it with your cities and counties. If you win the Conference’s your team goes on to Regional’s. If you win the Regional you move on to Nationals. The Nationals has the very best teams and athletes to make up about who are best in the country. It is an incredibly rewarding system and it gives athletes a good chance to get to travel around and see more of the United States.

Pronounced “NC-Double-A” and stands for National Collegiate Athletic Association. The NCAA includes more than 1280 different institutions. There are three divisions: l, ll and lll. Which division of a school belonging is not determined for how good it is sporting. It is rather the size of the school and how many sports the school sponsors. Accordance with the rules in NCAA athletic scholarships is offered only in the division l and ll. If you want to go to a Division lll school there is usually other options for sports scholarship as academic scholarship called grants.

Eligibility Center
You may not have been a professional to play sports in college in the United States. Anyone who wants to play sports in the NCAA div l and ll have to go through the Eligibility Center which, in turn, examines whether you were a professional in your home country.

With over 290 institutions of NAIA is composed of many smaller and private schools. You may not have been a professional in order to participate in sports. NAIA has no equivalent to “Clearing House” which makes the admission process for these schools more flexible.

Many of NAIA schools can match the good schools from the NCAA. The main difference is that the rules of NAIA may differ widely in level and conditions.


Junior College is a great option for international athletes who are not eligible for a 4 year college. Junior College is only a 2 year institutions after the 2 years, the athlete will transfer to 4 year University.

These are the different College Athletic Divisions in the U.S.


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