Division II “Quick Facts”
The Division II membership is focused on an “academics first” philosophy and the division’s
commitment to academic excellence supports the primary mission for NCAA schools : We are
preparing student-athletes to go pro in something other than sports.”
Division II student-athletes consistently graduate at a higher rate than the overall student body
at Division II schools. This past year, Division II student-athletes on average graduated at a 10
percent higher rate than the total Division II student population.
Division II has 295 member schools—279 are active and 16 are provisional or reclassifying
members. Of the 295 schools, 44% are private institutions and 56% are public institutions.
Division II has 22 active member conferences to which most of the Division II institutions
belong; 17 of the active Division II member institutions have no conference affiliation and
compete as independents.
Division II has two active member institutions in Alaska, four in Hawaii, and is the only
division that has member institutions in Puerto Rico.
A regionalization philosophy is used to select teams for Division II national championships
brackets from four, six or eight geographic regions of the country. This emphasis on being the
best team in your geographic area helps schools prioritize scheduling of regional opponents,
limit missed class time and manage travel expenses.
Division II has an average of 359 student-athletes per football-playing institution; for those
without football, the average is 202 student-athletes.
Division II’s largest school has over 29,000 students while the smallest has a little over 400
students; the average undergraduate enrollment is 3,400 students.
Division II has 12 NCAA sponsored championships for men (6,116 student-athletes) and 13
NCAA sponsored championships for women (5,828 student-athletes).
Division II institutions sponsor an average of 6.5 men’s sports and 7.2 women’s sports.
The average operating