The Division 1 schools must offer at least 14 sports, 7 for men and 7 for woman or 6 for men and 8 for woman. There are a total of 335 members and a GPA of at least a 2.0 or higher. In division 1 there are 66% public institutions and 34% are private. Scholarships are available for division 1 programs to offer but can not exceed an established maximum amount of scholarship money to keep the competition as fair as they can.
Division II is an intermediate-level division of competition, which offers an alternative to both the highly competitive level of intercollegiate sports offered in Division I and the non-scholarship level offered in Division III. There are 302 members in division 2 and they must earn at least a 2.0 GPA to be eligible. Very few of the 100,000 student-athletes competing in Division II receive a full athletics grant that covers all of their expenses, but most of them will receive some Financial Aid from the athletic department to help them through school.
Division III student-athletes are more likely to report that they see themselves as part of the campus community. There are 442 total members which makes it the largest division and 81% of institutions are private. There are NO athletic scholarships or funding for division 3 sports and allow the primary focus to be on the education of that student participating.