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One More Reason to Consider Division III

There are a lot of reasons athletes end up playing collegiate sports at the Division III level.  Not being competitive is not one of them. The New York Times profiled the men’s and women’s basketball teams at N.Y.U. who until this week were the only undefeated teams from the same school in all of college basketball.

But the goals are the same at N.Y.U. as they are at North Carolina, Connecticut or Pittsburgh. It’s all about winning, something N.Y.U. can claim to be better at than any college in the nation.

N.Y.U.’s standing as the only college in the nation to have two undefeated teams began Tuesday when the Amherst men’s team lost. Amherst’s women’s team remains undefeated. Now, the undefeated status has become a rallying cry for the two N.Y.U. teams, which are close off the court.

Unlike universities at the Division I level, the two N.Y.U. teams often play in the same place on the same day. That means taking bus trips together, sharing the same hotels and watching each other’s games. A level of camaraderie exists between the two teams that doesn’t happen at larger programs.

“Off the court, we hang out and we’re pretty close with them,” the junior forward Keith Jensen said. “Sharing the success has made this an even better experience.”

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  • Great post! Division III is definitely something all athletes should look strong into. They may not be able to offer athletic scholarships but they will find ways to lower your tuition costs.

  • I definitely agree with this piece. My daughter plays DIII softball at an excellent acacemic institution that also excells in athletics across the board. Her college team is exceedingly competitive and has played and beaten D1’s. Our experience is that not only is the academic money available to fund her education much more generous than the DI school we also considered, she also has time to explore other of her interests than just her studies and her sport. The NCAA advertisements are true, most college athletes go pro in something other than their sport so it is very important that the student athlete is prepared for graduation. I am very pleased that she has the best of both worlds.

  • At a D1 school, you may sit the bench for two years before you ever get to play where a Dlll school, you may start all 4 years. A D1 school may only give you enough to cover tution where a Dlll may give you enough to cover books also. You have to talk to the coaches of both to see what you can get. Unless your a top tier athlete, you will probably get more playing time at a Dll or Dlll school.

  • My son was heavily recruited by D2 and D3 schools, but our EFC number from the FAFSA form did not make it very affordable at the D3 level. The schools were all top tier schools, but the costs were still more then we had anticipated. However, my son has signed with an NAIA school to play football that has an excellent engineering program. He will also have the chance to get playing time all four years, get a great education and actually enjoy the student-athlete collegiate experience. When looking at schools, do not dismiss what NAIA schools can offer your son or daughter by combining athletic and academic scholarship funds.