Linfield Athletics, in partnership with the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, is proud to celebrate the second annual NCAA Division III Week, April 8-14, 2013.
Throughout the week, the department will feature unique stories and videos that highlight the division’s focus on the entire athletic experience – academic, athletic and extra-curricular – on its website.
The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee is excited to host several activities, including a “Team Wear Day,” Special Olympics Basketball Tournament Fundraiser and a hosted speech by nationally recognized motivational speaker Dr. Will Keim.
Be sure to visit the special Celebrate Division III Week page on the Linfield Athletics website daily for new content!
Did you know?
- Division III is the NCAA’s largest division, comprising approximately 40 percent (446) of total membership. Eighty percent of active Division III institutions are private, while 20 percent are public.
- On average, student-athletes constitute 19 percent of the general student population; at Linfield, this number is more than 30 percent.
- Division III places primary emphasis on regional in-season and conference competition, while also offering 36 national championships annually.
- On average, Division III institutions sponsor 17 sports; Linfield currently sponsors 19 athletic programs.
Why Division III?
- Playing season and eligibility standards minimize conflicts between athletics and academics, allowing student-athletes to focus on their academic programs and achieving a degree.
- Division III offers an intense and competitive athletics environment for student-athletes who play for the love of the game, without the obligation of an athletics scholarship.
- Athletics departments place special importance on the impact of athletics on the participants, rather than on the spectators; the student-athlete experience is of paramount concern.
What do Division III student-athletes say about their experience?
- Report participating in club sports and intramural sports at greater rates than non-athletes.
- Report active academic engagement and participation in academic “extras,” such as research with faculty, study abroad opportunities and capstone/senior thesis projects.
- Are more likely to report “leadership potential” as an important consideration in choosing a career.
- Report significantly greater gains in time management when compared with non-athletes.
- Report greater involvement in volunteering.
- Are more likely to report that they see themselves as part of the campus community.
- Have equal opportunity and access to financial aid as the general student body – but are not awarded aid based on athletics leadership, ability, performance or participation. Three-quarters of all student-athletes in Division III receive some form of grant or non-athletics scholarship.
Source: Division III Facts and Figures