How Much Do Colleges Spend on D2 Baseball Programs?

Baseball pitcher throwing ball representing D2 Baseball Programs and ConferencesAs is the case for most sports, Division 2 is the smallest for baseball in the NCAA. According to the Office of Postsecondary Education, in 2013 there were 260 D2 baseball programs in 43 states including Puerto Rico. Pennsylvania had the most with 20, followed by California with 16. Georgia, Missouri, North Carolina, New York tied for third with 14 programs each.

D2 programs offer fewer scholarships than D1, 9 scholarships compared to 11.7 for D1. Since baseball is an equivalency sport, the nine scholarships are generally divided up into partial scholarships so that more players may receive scholarships. Not all baseball programs fully fund the maximum allowed scholarships.

In 2013, there were three D2 baseball programs that has operating expenses of over $200,000. The University of Central Missouri had the highest at $267,717 followed by Oklahoma Christian University, and Shorter University. A total of 18 schools had expenses of greater than $150,000, four more than in 2012.  The number of whose operating expenses were less than $50,000 declined from 65 in 2012 to 54 in 2013.

Among the D2 conferences, in 2013 the Pacific West Conference had the highest average operating expenses at $161,116 followed by the Heartland, California Collegiate Athletic Association, and the Great Northwest Conference. The West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, and Central Intercollegiate Athletic Conference had the lowest averages.

The following table lists all D2 schools and their conference as of 2013.  Given the changes in conferences, some of the information may not be current. Check with the NCAA for the most current information.

NCAA D2 Baseball Programs by Conference
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