What should prospective student-athletes and their parents know about Division III?
Division III offers student-athletes unique benefits from participation in intercollegiate athletics:
- Student-athletes can continue to compete in a highly competitive athletics program while receiving all benefits of college life.
(The proof: Tell the stories of student-athletes in your program who have had a comprehensive educational experience – a holistic approach that includes rigorous academics, competitive athletics and the opportunities to pursue other interests and passions.)
- Student-athletes can focus on academic achievement and graduate with a comprehensive education that builds skills beyond the classroom.
(The proof: Point to student-athletes who can attest to selecting your institution and the Division III experience for its academic programs.)
- Student-athletes will have an opportunity to participate in and are encouraged to enjoy the full array of co-curricular and extra-curricular activities.
(The proof: Talk about your campus environment – what percentage of the student-body participates in athletics? What programs or processes exist to integrate the student-athlete into the campus culture and the educational mission of the college or university?)
- Student-athletes will have access to financial aid for college, without the sport-centered obligations of an athletics scholarship.
(The proof: Emphasize the availability of financial aid – what percentage of the student-body and/or student-athletes receive some form of grant or non-athletics scholarship?)
- Student-athletes can play more than one sport.
(The proof: Talk about the breadth of your athletics program – participation, sports offerings, etc. Talk about the athletics successes throughout the various sports you sponsor. Talk about your successes in NCAA championship competition.)
- Student-athletes are responsible for choosing their own paths, and will discover their potential through opportunities to pursue many interests.
(The proof: Division III members believe the college experience is a time of learning and growth – a chance to follow passions and develop potential. This happens most importantly in the classroom and through earning an academic degree. The Division III experience also provides for passionate participation in a competitive athletics environment, in which student-athletes push themselves to excellence and build upon their academic success with new challenges and life skills. And student-athletes are encouraged to pursue the full spectrum of opportunities available during their time in college. In this way, Division III provides an integrated environment for student-athletes to take responsibility for their own paths, follow their passions and find their potential through a comprehensive educational experience.)