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General Scholarship Statistics and Information

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Scholarship Statistics and Facts

Division I

Division I institutions provide the most athletic scholarships. Baseball programs are allowed a total of 11.7 full scholarships they may use for their players. But not all programs have all 11.7 scholarships available. Individual scholarships may be offered in any percentage of the coaching staff's choosing, and the 11.7 total scholarships may be split among up to 27 players per team. As a result of this, it is important to know full-ride scholarships are the exception, not the rule, for baseball players. Scholarships to Division I institutions may include athletic and financial aid, but in some cases additional financial aid may count toward the total 11.7 scholarships for the program. Academic scholarships can offset athletic scholarships or financial aid. The institutions that compete in the Ivy League and Patriot League conferences do not offer athletic scholarship aid.

 

Division II

Division II institutions can also provide athletic scholarships. These schools use the partial-scholarship model where, in most cases, the school only covers part of the student-athlete's expenses. The remainder of expenses can be addressed through academic scholarships, student loans and employment earnings. In very few cases, full athletic grants that cover all expenses can be given. Division II baseball programs are equipped with a total of nine full scholarships they may use for their players, however, not all programs have all nine scholarships available. Individual scholarships may be offered in any percentage of the coaching staff's choosing. Scholarships to Division II institutions may include athletic and financial aid, but in some cases, additional financial aid may count toward the total nine scholarships for the program.

 

Division III

Division III institutions cannot provide athletic scholarships. However, 75 percent of all Division III student-athletes receive some form of academic grant or need-based scholarship. These institutions provide an integrated environment that focuses on academic success while also offering competitive athletics. Any form of financial aid -- with the exclusion of athletic -- may be used by the student-athlete towards their expenses.

 

NJCAA

Junior colleges can provide athletic scholarships. Programs are equipped with a total of 24 full scholarships. However, it is very rare to find a fully funded junior-college baseball program. This means there are usually significantly fewer scholarships available than the permitted 24. Student-athletes may use additional financial aid, such as academic and student-loans, to cover expenses.

General Information

According to the NCAA, there are more than 460,000 NCAA student-athletes, but less than 2 percent will become professionals in their sport. See the breakdown for baseball in the cart below:

 

Student-Athletes

Baseball

High School Student-Athletes

482,629

High School Senior Student-Athletes

137,894

NCAA Student-Athletes

33,431

NCAA Freshman Roster Positions

9,552

NCAA Senior Student-Athletes

7,429

NCAA Student-Athletes Drafted

731

Percent High School to NCAA

6.9%

Percent NCAA to Professional

8.6%

Percent High School to Professional

0.53%

 

(Adapted from NCAA 2015-16 Guide for the College-Bound Student-Athlete)

The chart shows that most student-athletes will go on to other professions after graduating from college. It is important for student-athletes to remember that they are students first and athletes second, and that their education is key.