Student-athletes who want to play at a Division 1 baseball college need to bring their work ethic, their passion for the sport and their A-game. Those who compete at the Division 1 level play against the best college baseball players in the country. Division 1 facilities and training equipment tend to be state-of-the-art, thanks to generous donors who want to see their alma mater maintain its reputation and attract the top talent.
Media exposure for these programs means high visibility for the school, the team and for the athletes. Playing at a Division 1 baseball college is akin to working a full-time job, and that is in addition to academic responsibilities. One of the first questions a student-athlete with Division 1 dreams has to ask themselves is if they can handle that kind of pressure. If the answer is yes, here are our answers to some frequently asked questions about Division 1 baseball. How many AAU baseball club levels are there?
Currently, there are 299 Division 1 baseball programs across the country. D1 baseball programs offer scholarships, but not all programs are fully funded. It’s crucial to develop a relationship with the coach to learn more about how each particular program handles scholarship opportunities.
The NCAA Division 1 Baseball Championship, also known as the College World Series (CWS), is a tournament that fields 64 teams in the first round. The tournament is played in June and held in Omaha, Nebraska. Oregon State is the current title-holder, having won a best-of-three series against Arkansas.
There’s more to finding the right college fit than just athletics. We’ve developed our NCSA Power Rankings tool that ranks the top baseball colleges across the NCAA and NAIA divisions according to several important factors, like cost, size, location and more. Using this data, we’ve determined that the following schools are the best NCAA Division 1 baseball colleges.
To see how Division 1 baseball programs rank according to the NCAA, visit the NCAA website.