(Skip to the end of the post to see the list of all D2 Baseball Schools for 2022) NCAA Division 2 is the smallest for baseball colleges. It has only 265 members compared to 309 for D1 baseball and 390 for D3 baseball. However, unlike D3, D2 baseball schools 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?
- Where to Find D2 Baseball Schools
- Who Spends the Most on D2 College Baseball
- What Kind of Colleges Have D2 Baseball Teams?
- Graduation Rates for D2 Baseball Colleges
- How Much do D2 Baseball Schools Cost?
- D2 Baseball College Listing
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While D2 is the smallest division, in 18 states there are more D2 baseball schools than D1. Pennsylvania has the most D2 baseball colleges at 20. California is next with 19, followed by Georgia with 16. The following are the states with the most D2 college baseball programs:
- West Virginia
- New York
- South Carolina
- North Carolina
Nine states including the District of Columbia don’t have any D2 baseball teams and there are six states with only one.
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The average expenses per D2 baseball team in 2019 (the most recently available data) was $421,015 down from the previous year’s $445,328. As COVID cancelled seasons, expenses were certain to decline. The average for D1 schools was $1,384,295 compared to $1,589,908 in 2018 and D3 schools was $156,678 compared $178,070 in 2018. The University of California-San Diego had the highest expenses at $1,055,761. The University of Tampa and Saint Edward’s University also reported expenses over $1,000,000 for the year. The following are the top 10 D2 College Baseball teams ranked by expenses:
- University of California-San Diego (moved to D1 in 2020)
- The University of Tampa
- Saint Edward’s University
- Rollins College
- Davenport University
- Azusa Pacific University
- Academy of Art University
- New York Institute of Technology
- Lynn University
- University of Central Missouri
A total of 12 D2 baseball colleges had operating expenses lower than the D3 average and it includes three schools in Puerto Rico.
- University of Puerto Rico-Bayamon
- University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras
- Virginia State University
- University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez
- College of Staten Island CUNY
- Saint Michael’s College
- Bluefield State College
- University of Wisconsin-Stout
- Clark Atlanta University
- CUNY Queens College
- Le Moyne-Owen College
- Clarion University of Pennsylvania
D2 Baseball Conferences
There are 24 D2 baseball Conferences. The Sunshine State Conference had the highest average of $698,461 for 11 schools. The Heartland Conference also averaged over $600,000. Three more conferences had average expenses of over $500,000. The 10 conferences with the highest average expenses in 2019 were:
- Sunshine State Conference
- Heartland Conference
- Pacific West Conference
- Great Northwest Athletic Conference
- Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
- South Atlantic Conference
- Lone Star Conference
- Great Lakes Valley Conference
- Gulf South Conference
- Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association
Only one conference had an average under $200,000, the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association. Two others, the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and the Mountain East Conference, were below $300,000 in average expenses. Six other conferences had average expenses under $400,000. The five with the lowest averages were:
- Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association
- Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
- Mountain East Conference
- Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference
- East Coast Conference
Like colleges in general, most D2 baseball schools are small. Half of them have full-time undergraduate enrollments under 2,500. Only 58 have 5,000 or more full-time undergraduates and just 18 of those are over 10,000. If you want to play D2 baseball, chances are you’ll be playing at a smaller school.
Almost two-thirds of the schools are Master’s Colleges & Universities. Only 43 are Doctoral Universities and 15 are considered Liberal Arts Colleges. Private colleges outnumber public by 136 to 126 with another three schools being for-profit institutions.
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.
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. The unweighted 4-year graduation rate for public D2 baseball schools was 27% compared to the national average of 40.7% for public 4-year colleges. For private colleges, the D2 average was 43% where the average for all private 4-year schools was 56.4%.
Remember, that’s the average. There are 50 schools, up from the previous year’s 46, where the 4-year graduation rate is 50% or greater. Bentley University has the highest at 84%. Eight more colleges all had averages in the 70’s. The University of California-San Diego (which moved to D1 in 2020) rounded out the top ten with a graduation rate of 68%.
- Bentley University
- Saint Anselm College
- Hillsdale College
- Stonehill College
- Rollins College
- Saint Michael’s College
- University of the Sciences
- Le Moyne College
- Assumption College
- University of California-San Diego
Unfortunately, there are 48 D2 schools with graduation rates under 20%. And in these cases, you should definitely check on the team graduation rates.
Given the limited number of baseball scholarships, families still need to be aware of college costs. Then there is the fact that for a variety of reasons, a player may leave the team and will have to face paying the full cost of attendance.
The average total cost for public colleges with D2 baseball programs was $23,738 in 20-21. Three of the public schools had costs over $30,000. If you’re having to pay out-of-state tuition, you’re looking at an average of $33,073 which isn’t really that bad compared to the cost of private schools. However, 17 schools charged more than $40,000 with the University of California-San Diego charging over $65,000 for out-of-state students and the Colorado School of Mines charging over $57,000.
Private D2 baseball colleges had an average total cost of attendance of $47,382 in 20-21. A total of 49 schools had total costs over $50,000 with 14 of them being $60,000 or higher. It’s starting to make the public out-of-state cost look reasonable, doesn’t it? Just remember, very few students pay full price because of financial aid. When comparing schools for cost, you’re better off looking at average net price.
The following data is from the Office of Postsecondary Education using the Equity in Athletics Data Analysis Cutting Tool. The information is from 2019 so the division and conference may not be current for schools such as the University of California-San Diego. 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.
D2 Baseball Schools Listing
|wdt_ID||Name||ST||Type||Baseball Conference||Full-time Under- grads||4 yr Grad Rate|
|1||Auburn University at Montgomery||AL||Pub||Gulf South Conference||3,374||10|
|2||Miles College||AL||Pri||Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference||1,354||14|
|3||Spring Hill College||AL||Pri||Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference||1,034||46|
|4||Tuskegee University||AL||Pri||Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference||2,170||28|
|5||University of Alabama in Huntsville||AL||Pub||Gulf South Conference||6,730||31|
|6||University of Montevallo||AL||Pub||Gulf South Conference||1,998||35|
|7||University of West Alabama||AL||Pub||Gulf South Conference||1,775||32|
|8||Arkansas Tech University||AR||Pub||Great American Conference||6,227||27|
|9||Harding University||AR||Pri||Great American Conference||3,294||50|
|10||Henderson State University||AR||Pub||Great American Conference||2,334||23|
|11||Ouachita Baptist University||AR||Pri||Great American Conference||1,502||54|
|12||Southern Arkansas University Main Campus||AR||Pub||Great American Conference||2,950||28|
|13||University of Arkansas at Monticello||AR||Pub||Great American Conference||1,692||17|
|14||University of Arkansas-Fort Smith||AR||Pub||Heartland Conference||3,811||20|
|15||Academy of Art University||CA||Prof||Pacific West Conference||2,882||7|
|16||Azusa Pacific University||CA||Pri||Pacific West Conference||3,804||51|
|17||Biola University||CA||Pri||Pacific West Conference||3,391||56|
|18||California State Polytechnic University-Pomona||CA||Pub||California Collegiate Athletic Association||24,388||30|
|19||California State University-Chico||CA||Pub||California Collegiate Athletic Association||14,228||29|
|20||California State University-Dominguez Hills||CA||Pub||California Collegiate Athletic Association||12,451||12|
|21||California State University-East Bay||CA||Pub||California Collegiate Athletic Association||10,473||17|
|22||California State University-Los Angeles||CA||Pub||California Collegiate Athletic Association||19,425||9|
|23||California State University-Monterey Bay||CA||Pub||California Collegiate Athletic Association||5,703||29|
|24||California State University-San Bernardino||CA||Pub||California Collegiate Athletic Association||14,580||19|
|25||California State University-San Marcos||CA||Pub||California Collegiate Athletic Association||12,381||17|
|Name||ST||Type||Baseball Conference||Full-time Under- grads||4 yr Grad Rate|