Student-athletes looking for an opportunity to push themselves athletically and academically might find the right fit at a Division 3 men’s soccer college. Many D3 schools are known for their academic rigor, but schools at this level also field talented soccer programs. D3 men’s soccer players usually have more flexibility than D1 or D2 athletes to explore interests and activities outside of their sport, similarly to NAIA men’s soccer schools. 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 415 D3 men’s soccer colleges across the U.S., there are great opportunities for incoming freshmen recruits looking to play in college.
No, D3 schools generally do not offer athletic scholarships, though that should not deter potential recruits. D3 men’s soccer 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. Make sure to research opportunities and don’t discount a D3 school.
Held annually since 1974, the NCAA Division 3 Men’s Soccer Championship consists of a tournament that fields 62 teams. The championship game is usually held in early December and the title is currently owned by Messiah College of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania.
To help student-athletes and their families identify which of the 410 NCAA D3 schools with men’s soccer programs are the right fit for them, NCSA has created our own Power Rankings. NCSA analyzes and ranks D3 school that offers men’s college soccer based on factors that are most important to student-athletes, such as cost, size, location and academics. Below is a list of the top 10 D3 schools with men’s soccer programs.
View NCSA’s Power Rankings of the top D3 men’s soccer schools.
Learn how the NCAA ranks these programs based on their athletic performance on the NCAA website. Other organizations that offer D3 men’s soccer rankings throughout the season include Top Drawer Soccer and United Soccer Coaches.