The National Collegiate Athletic Association is a non profit organization which regulates athletes of 1,281 institutions, conferences, and individuals. It also organizes the athletic programs of many colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and helps more than 480,000 college Student-Athletes who compete annually in college sports.
Division 1 is the highest level of competition sanctioned by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) in the United States. D-I schools include major collegiate athletic powers, with larger budgets, more elaborate facilities and more athletic scholarships as well as many smaller schools committed to the highest level of competition.
Division II is an intermediate-level division of competition in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). It offers an alternative to both the larger and better-funded Division 1 and to the scholarship-free environment offered in Division III.
Division III is a division of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) in the United States. D-III consists of athletic programs at colleges and universities that choose not to offer athletic scholarships to their student-athletes.
The NAIA has around 300 colleges and universities. The appeal that the NAIA has to offer is their smaller class sizes and tight knit campus communities, the ability to transfer and not lose any eligibility, there are fewer recruiting rules and restrictions, and you have the opportunity to compete for championships. Not everyone has the ability or the academics to play NCAA sports. The NAIA is a terrific chance for any student athlete looking to earn a scholarship.