Student-athletes looking for an opportunity to push themselves athletically and academically might find the right fit at a Division 3 college. Many D3 schools are known for their academic rigor, but schools at this level also field talented baseball programs. D3 men’s baseball players usually have more flexibility than D1 or D2 athletes to explore interests and activities outside of their sport. The recruiting process is also much less rigid than D1 or D2 schools, so coaches have more freedom in when and how they can reach out to recruits. With 389 D3 baseball colleges across the U.S., there are great opportunities for incoming freshmen recruits looking to play in college. In fact, more college baseball players will play at the Division 3 level than any other NCAA division.
No, D3 schools generally do not offer athletic scholarships, though that should not deter potential recruits. D3 baseball colleges provide student-athletes with the opportunity to receive merit, need-based or academic scholarships. In fact, most D3 students are on some kind of financial aid and D3 programs can be very helpful in finding scholarship money for athletes. The advantage to this type of assistance is that it is not dependent on whether the athlete does not or cannot continue to play baseball during college. Make sure to research opportunities and don’t discount a D3 school. What does it take to play AAU baseball?
The NCAA Division III Baseball Tournament has been played annually since 1976. Fifty-eight Division 3 baseball college teams competed in the 2018 championship played in Appleton, Wisconsin. UT Tyler swept Texas Lutheran to win the first championship in the school’s history.
Finding the right college fit for a student-athlete involves more than just finding the right athletic program. Student-athletes need to find a school that meets their needs athletically, academically, financially and socially. To help student-athletes through this process, we’ve developed our Power Rankings for the top D3 baseball schools based on size, location, academics and cost.
The NCAA produces its own list of the top Division 3 baseball programs on the NCAA website.