Student-athletes who want to push themselves academically as well as athletically may find the best fit at a Division 3 college. Swimmers at this level are able to develop as athletes while still having time and flexibility in their schedules to pursue other passions outside of swimming. Also, the recruiting process is less regulated for Division 3, so recruits and coaches can communicate with each other earlier – giving swimmers at this level more time to be actively engaged in recruiting.
There are 200 NCAA Division 3 swimming colleges, more than any other division level. Division 3 men’s swim teams do not offer athletic scholarships but can provide other forms of financial assistance through academic-related grants. Many D3 swimmers receive financial aid, so seeking a D3 roster spot is often a good way to offset the overall cost of college.
For all student-athletes, especially those at the D3 level, the swim team’s NCAA rank is not necessarily the end all, be all factor in selecting a college. To help student-athletes and their families evaluate schools beyond their athletic programs, NCSA creates an annual list of Power Rankings. The results include data from factors we know matter most when choosing the right college or university.
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