Only 1.6 percent of high school athletes go on to play Division 2 golf. Opportunity may be limited here, but don’t be mistaken—these schools have a lot to offer. First, the competition is fierce: top Division 2 players are often comparable to Division 1, with the top 100 D2 average golf scores being below 72. Plus, student-athletes will find a balanced college experience at this level. Unlike Division 1, there’s more time for studying, internships and a social life outside of training.
There are 218 Division 2 golf schools and the top performing programs are usually located in popular golf states, such as Florida and California. Most have a student body of 8,000 or less and are a mix of public and private universities. Scholarship opportunity is limited at this level. Coaches can award a maximum of 3.6 scholarships per year and usually divide their funds into partial scholarships across athletes. Keep in mind, though, that not all Division 2 golf schools are fully funded. So many student-athletes are still required to pay for some of their college costs. It’s best to establish a relationship with a coach early on to learn more about their athletic scholarship opportunities.
Athletics are an important factor to consider when making your college decision—but it isn’t the only one. To help student-athletes create a realistic list of potential schools, we’ve conducted an analysis that incorporates a variety of factors, from academics to cost, and compiled a comprehensive list of Power Rankings. Here are the top 10 Division 2 men’s golf colleges:
The NCAA also compiles a list of D2 golf rankings to determine the best men’s golf programs. Their results are purely based on athletic performance.