(Skip to the end of the post to see the list.) NCAA Division 2 is the smallest for baseball colleges. It has only 269 members compared to 296 for D1 Baseball and 382 for 32 Baseball. However, unlike D3, Division 2 Baseball colleges offer scholarships although not the same amount as D1 schools. D1 schools are limited to 11.7 while D2 have a max of 9. However, an advantage Division 2 Baseball colleges have over D1 schools is that they are allowed to have tryouts. What better way to find out where you stand with a coach than by having an actual tryout?
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While D2 is the smallest division, in 17 states there are more D2 baseball programs than D1. Pennsylvania has the most D2 baseball colleges at 21. California is next with 18, and Georgia, Missouri, and West Virginia tie for third with 14 each. Nine states including the District of Columbia don’t have any D2 baseball teams and there are six states with only one.
Average Operating Expenses per Team
The average operating expense per Division 2 baseball college team in 2016 (the most recently available data) was $95,542. The average for D1 schools was $376,833 and D3 schools was $67,190. There were six D2 colleges with operating expenses over $200,000:
University of Central Missouri,
Cal State Polytechnic Pomona,
University of Nebraska at Kearny,
California Baptist University, and
University of North Georgia.
A total of 76 D2 Baseball colleges had operating expenses lower than the D3 average. The five colleges with the lowest in 2016 were:
Indiana University of Pennsylvania,
University of Puerto Rico-Bayamon,
Clark Atlanta University,
Benedict College, and
Bluefield State College.
Based on the averages by conferences, the Pacific West Conference had the highest average operating expenses for 2016 at $146,371. There were 8 other conferences with averages over $100,000:
Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association,
California Collegiate Athletic Association,
Great Northwest Athletic Conference,
Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference,
Sunshine State Conference,
Great Lakes Valley Conference, and
Gulf South Conference.
There weren’t any conferences that actually had averages below $50,000. The five with the lowest averages were:
Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference,
Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association,
USA South Athletic Conference,
Mountain East Conference, and
Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
It’s not easy to find graduation rates for college athletes. I can’t imagine why they would make it difficult since athletes generally have a higher graduation rate than the general student population. Well, except for maybe one or two high revenue sports. You can find out how to lookup the information in How to Find Student-Athlete Graduation Rates. For public and non-profit 4-year colleges, the general average 4-year graduation rate is 40%.
Yet, the graduation rates of non-athletes matters. Some argue that the academic caliber of the students contribute to intellectual discussion and competition. Well, on the most basic level, they can’t contribute if they aren’t there. And the chances of them not being there are higher than average since the average 4-year graduation rate for D2 baseball was only 30%.
Remember, that’s the average. There are 33 schools where the 4-year graduation rate is 50% or greater. Bentley University has the highest at 83%. Six more colleges all had averages in the 70’s:
Saint Michael’s College,
Saint Anselm College,
Merrimack College, and
Unfortunately, there are 81 D2 schools with graduation rates under 20%. And in these cases, you should definitely check on the team graduation rates.
Division 2 College Baseball Teams
The following data is from the OPE using the Equity in Athletics Data Analysis Cutting Tool. The information is from 2016 so the division and conference may not be current for schools. Check with the NCAA for the most recent listing of D2 baseball programs. All of this data can be found in the DIY College Rankings Baseball Spreadsheet which also includes test scores, acceptance rates, and financial aid information.
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