What the differences between NCAA D1, D2 and D3 institutions and what about the NAIA and the NCCAA Like anything, if you have specific questions its best just to e-mail me at email@example.com as much of what I post here has to be general information, each association and institution has it's own way to deal with each situation so don't think if it as a one size fits all. I will post a separate post on NJCAA (Junior Colleges) as well as how the CCCAA (California Community Colleges), play into the entire mix.
Let's start with the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association), this is the major governing body for intercollegiate sports, that separates its member institutions by divisions. Institutions agree to follow the guidelines set forth by the NCAA to participate within one of their three divisions (D1, D2 and D3). Division I colleges are the most funded but to think that an NCAA D1 is bigger and better is just not accurate, New York University is an NCAA D3 institution with 57,000 students while Wofford College is an NCAA D1 institution with roughly 1600 students. You have to look at the philosophy of the institution to determine why they are at whatever level they choose to be at and use this as the