(Skip to the end of the post to see the list of all D2 Baseball Schools.) NCAA Division 2 is the smallest for baseball colleges. It has only 265 members compared to 296 for D1 baseball and 380 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?
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Where to Find D2 Baseball Schools
While D2 is the smallest division, in 17 states there are more D2 baseball schools than D1. Pennsylvania has the most D2 baseball colleges at 21. California is next with 19, followed by West Virginia with 14. Florida, Georgia, Missouri, and New York tied with 13 each. Eight states including the District of Columbia don’t have any D2 baseball teams and there are six states with only one.
Expenses per Team
The average expenses per D2 baseball team in 2018 (the most recently available data) was $445,328. The average for D1 schools was $1,589,908 and D3 schools was $178,070. LIU Post had the highest average at $1,557,888. Along with LUI Post, there 8 other D2 baseball schools with expenses over $800,000:
- LIU Post
- The University of Tampa
- Rollins College
- Saint Edward’s University
- Academy of Art University
- Florida Southern College
- Lindenwood University
- Azusa Pacific University
- University of California-San Diego
A total of 11 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
- University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez
- Le Moyne-Owen College
- Johnson State College
- Virginia State University
- Saint Michael’s College
- Bluefield State College
- Georgia Southwestern State University
- CUNY Queens College
- Wilson College
There are 23 D2 baseball Conferences. The Sunshine State Conference had the highest average of $696,548 for 11 schools. Both the Pacific West and Heartland Conference had averages over $600,000. Another six had averages over $500,000. The 9 conferences with the highest average expenses in 2018 were:
- Sunshine State Conference
- Pacific West Conference
- Heartland Conference
- East Coast Conference
- Gulf South Conference
- Great Lakes Valley Conference
- California Collegiate Athletic Association
- Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
- South Atlantic Conference
Only one conference had an average under $300,000, the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Four other conferences had averages under $400,000. The five with the lowest averages were:
- Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
- Mountain East Conference
- Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference
- Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference
- Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference
What Kind of Colleges Have D2 Baseball Teams?
Like colleges in general, most D2 baseball schools are small. Half of them have full-time undergraduate enrollments under 2,500. Only 61 have 5,000 or more full-time undergraduates and just 20 of those are over 10,000. If you want to play D2 baseball, chances are you’ll be playing at a smaller school.
A little more than half of the schools are Master’s Colleges & Universities. Only 45 are Doctoral Universities and 13 are considered Liberal Arts Colleges. Private colleges outnumber public by 141 to 121 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 26% compared to 38.8% overall. For private colleges, the D2 average was 43% where the average for all private 4-year schools was 55.3%.
Remember, that’s the average. There are 46 schools where the 4-year graduation rate is 50% or greater. Bentley University has the highest at 85%. Four more colleges all had averages in the 70’s rounding out the top 5.
- Bentley University
- Saint Michael’s College
- Stonehill College
- Saint Anselm College
- Rockhurst University
Unfortunately, there are 49 D2 schools with graduation rates under 20%. And in these cases, you should definitely check on the team graduation rates.
D2 Baseball Schools
The following data is from the Office of Postsecondary Education using the Equity in Athletics Data Analysis Cutting Tool. The information is from 2018 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.
D2 Baseball Schools Listing
|wdt_ID||Name||State||Type||Baseball Conference||2018 # Participants||4 yr Grad Rate|
|1||Auburn University at Montgomery||AL||Public||Gulf South Conference||40||9|
|2||Miles College||AL||Private||Southern Intercol. Ath. Conf.||31||13|
|3||Spring Hill College||AL||Private||Southern Intercol. Ath. Conf.||40||43|
|4||Tuskegee University||AL||Private||Southern Intercol. Ath. Conf.||34||29|
|5||University of Alabama in Huntsville||AL||Public||Gulf South Conference||39||27|
|6||University of Montevallo||AL||Public||Gulf South Conference||41||33|
|7||University of West Alabama||AL||Public||Gulf South Conference||39||21|
|8||Arkansas Tech University||AR||Public||Great American Conference||45||25|
|9||Harding University||AR||Private||Great American Conference||39||48|
|10||Henderson State University||AR||Public||Great American Conference||55||24|
|Name||State||Type||Baseball Conference||2018 # Participants||4 yr Grad Rate|