National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) – www.ncaa.org *
The NCAA is the governing body for Division I, Division II and Division III institutions. The NCAA is a member-led organization dedicated to the well-being and lifelong success of college athletes. Across all divisions, the membership is comprised of a total of 1,098 colleges and universities divided into 102 athletic conferences. There are a total of 24 sports represented within the membership. *
NCAA Division I
DI institutions commit to maintaining a high academic standard for student-athletes in addition to a wide range of opportunities for athletics participation.
Largest student bodies
Largest athletic budgets
Offer the most number of scholarships
6,000 athletic teams
170,000 student-athletes (SA)
1 in 23 students are athletes
57% of athletes receive athletics aid – multiyear, cost-of-attendance athletics scholarships
NCAA Division II
Philosophy is “Life In Balance” – pursue academic areas of interest with low teacher to student ratio; engage in highly-competitive athletics, governed in a fiscally responsible way; and, be involved in a robust community engagement program
Offer partial scholarships with most SA’s having a combination of athletic and academic financial aid
Members located in 45 US states as well as Canada & Puerto Rico
On campus student bodies range from 2,500 to 25,000 with an average of 8,000
Most number of SA’s participate in NCAA Championships (including regional play and NCAA Championship Festivals)
4,917 athletic teams
1 in 10 students are athletes
60% of athletes receive athletics aid
NCAA Division III
Focus on sportsmanship & positive societal attitudes through a wide variety of sports with the participants being the focus
Assure and support ethnic and gender diversity for all constituents
The 3 D’s of DIII
Discover – pursue interests and passions beyond the classroom and sports
Develop – in addition to small classes and competing, the emphasis is to participate in outside classroom activities to build well-rounded adults
Dedicate – achieve your full potential through dedication to manage a busy schedule including school, sports and all student body challenges.
All aid is based upon need or academic scholarships, no scholarships are awarded solely upon athletic ability or participation
National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) – www.njcaa.org ***
Overall mission is to foster a national program of athletic participation in an environment that supports equitable opportunities consistent with the educational objectives of member colleges based upon a two-year college model.
The purpose of the CCCAA is to establish and oversee the enforcement of the rules and regulations and to guide the administration of the intercollegiate athletic programs of the California community colleges.
CCCAA is an integral part of California’s extensive community college system