Division III (or DIII) is a division of the National Collegiate Athletic Association of the United States. The National Collegiate Athletic Association ( NCAA, often pronounced "N-C-Double-A" is a voluntary association of about 1200 institutions conferences organizations The United States of America —commonly referred to as the
The division consists of colleges and universities that choose not to offer athletically related financial aid (athletic scholarships) to their student-athletes. College ( Latin collegium) is a term most often used today to denote an Educational Institution. A university is an institution of Higher education and Research, which grants Academic degrees in a variety of subjects An athletic scholarship is a form of Scholarship to attend a College or University awarded to an individual based predominantly on his or her ability to There are over 420 member institutions, making Division III (D-III) the largest of the three divisions sanctioned by the National Collegiate Athletic Association.
D-III schools range in size from less than 500 to over 10,000 students. D-III schools compete in athletics as a non-revenue making, extracurricular activity for students; hence, they may not offer athletic scholarships, they may not redshirt freshmen and they may not use endowments or funds whose primary purpose is to benefit their athletic programs. Redshirt is a term used in American College athletics that refers to delaying or suspending an athlete's participation in order to lengthen his or her period of eligibility
Twelve D-III schools currently play up to the Division I level in one or two sports (one for each gender maximum). Current members The league currently has 10 full members Sports The AMCC sponsors intercollegiate athletic competition in men's Baseball, men’s Member schools History The American Southwest Conference was announced in May 1996 Member schools Frostburg State University Newport News Apprentice School * Salisbury University Current members The league currently has 9 full members History Formed in 1989, charter members were Catholic, Gallaudet Mary Washington Conference Background Eleven highly selective private colleges compose the Centennial Conference Current members (Division III The league currently has 10 full members Current Members (Community College Bronx Community College Member teams The league currently has 8 full members Affiliate Members Former members Sports The CCIW sponsors competition in men's Current members Sports The CCC sponsors intercollegiate athletic competition in 17 sports Members Full member institutions include Football affiliation Norwich University (will leave for North Atlantic Football Conference Current members The league currently has 7 full members Sports The GSAC sponsors intercollegiate athletic competition in men's Baseball, men's Current members The league currently has 14 full members Former members Southern Vermont College Western New England Current Members Former Members Sports Member teams compete in women's Basketball, cross country, Golf, The Illini-Badger Football Conference (IBFC was an athletic conference with the NCAA 's Division III History The Iowa Conference dates back to December 8 1922 when representatives from 12 colleges got together and formed the “Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Association Current members The league currently has 8 full members History The conference was established December 5th 2005. The Liberty League is an intercollegiate Athletic conference affiliated with the NCAA ’s Division III. History The Little East Conference officially began on April 28, 1986 as a playing conference for men's and women's basketball among six New England institutions Eastern Connecticut Sports The MASCAC sponsors intercollegiate athletic competition in men's Baseball, men's and women's Basketball, men's and women's cross country, Current Members The league currently has 9 full members Former Members Sports Member teams compete in cross country, football, History In 1912 the Middle Atlantic States Collegiate Athletics Association (MASCAA was founded primarily as a track association and had its first event a track meeting at Current members Former Members Sports Member teams compete in football, Volleyball, Soccer, Golf, History On March 15, 1920, a formal constitution was adopted and the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference was born with Carleton College Gustavus New England Football Conference is an athletic conference which competes in football in the NCAA 's Division III. Members The league currently has 11 full members Conference championships The NESCAC holds conference championships in Fall season Men and Current members The league currently has 10 full members Sports The NEWMAC sponsors intercollegiate athletic competition in Men's Member teams Football-only members Football Affiliates for 2008 Expansion State University of New York at Brockport and The North Atlantic Conference (NAC is an athletic conference consisting primarily of small Liberal arts colleges throughout the New England states of Vermont Member schools The league currently has 10 full members See also Five Colleges of Ohio Members The league currently has 10 full members Former members Several members departed the conference between 2006 and 2007 Bard College (to Skyline Member Schools History The newly-formed Northern Athletics Conference began its first season of competition in the fall of 2006 History The NWC has continually reinvented itself throughout the past 80 years Member teams The league currently has 10 full members Former Members Sports sponsored Member teams compete in Baseball, Basketball History The Conference was founded in 1975 as the Virginia College Conference Current members Current members Departing Members Alvernia College (Pa Presidents' Athletic Conference is an athletic conference which competes in the NCAA 's Division III Members Affiliate Members in Football Former Members Football champions 1996 Blackburn MacMurray and Westminster Skyline Conference is the name of a conference which is based in the New York City area and competes in the NCAA 's Division III. Current member schools The member schools are Former member schools There are four schools that once participated in SCIAC athletic The Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference ( SCAC) founded in 1962 is an athletic conference which competes in the NCAA 's Division III. Constituent Schools Fall Sports Cross Country (MW Field Hockey (W Soccer (MW Tennis (MW Volleyball Member schools Conference Stadia Member teams Former Member Conference facilities Sports The UAA sanctions competition in the following sports Men Member institutions Associate member Conference Facilities Former members Blackburn College (football only 2002-2007 History An organizational meeting of the Wisconsin State University Athletic Conference then to be known as the State Normal Conference was held in Madison in July of 1913
Seven of them are grandfathered schools which have traditionally competed at the highest level of a particular sport prior to the institution of the Division classifications in 1971. A grandfather clause is a term used in US English for an exception that allows an old rule to continue to apply to some existing situations when a new rule will apply to all future situations These schools are allowed to offer athletic scholarships in their Division I sports to remain competitive with their opponents. 
(SUNY Oneonta was previously grandfathered in men's soccer but dropped down to Division III in 2006. Clarkson University is a private university located in Rural Potsdam, New York. Ice hockey, often referred to simply as hockey, is a team Sport played on Ice. The Colorado College (familiarly known as CC) is a private liberal arts college in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, is a Team sport played between two teams of eleven players and is widely considered Hartwick College is a non-denominational private, four-year Liberal arts and sciences College located in Oneonta, New York, in the Water polo is a team water sport A team consists of six field players and one Goalkeeper. Lacrosse is a full contact Team sport played using a solid rubber ball and long handled racket called a crosse or Lacrosse stick. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, or RPI, is a Nonsectarian private Research University located in Troy, New York Rutgers The State University of New Jersey (also known as Rutgers University) is the largest institution for higher education in the state of New Jersey Volleyball is an Olympic team sport in which two teams of 6 active players (5 normal players and one 'libero' are separated by a net that is usually four feet St Lawrence University is a private four-year liberal arts college located in the village of Canton in Saint Lawrence County New York. The State University of New York at Oneonta (also know as O-State Oneonta State and SUCO is a four-year liberal arts college in Oneonta New York, United States )
The other five schools choose to play up in one sport for men and optionally one sport for women, but they are not grandfathered and thus are not allowed to offer athletic scholarships. Academic-based and need-based financial aid is still available.
Football and basketball may not be grandfathered Division I programs because their revenue-enhancing potential would give them an unfair advantage over other Division III schools. Franklin & Marshall College (abbreviated as " F&M " is a four-year private co-educational liberal arts college in Lancaster Pennsylvania. Lawrence University is a private liberal arts college located in Appleton, Wisconsin. Union College is a non-denominational independent liberal arts college located in Schenectady New York. American football, known in the United States and Canada simply as football, is a competitive Team sport known for mixing strategy with Basketball is a team Sport in which two teams of five active players each try to score points against one another by propelling a ball through a 10 feet (3 m In 1992, several Division III schools who competed at the Division I level in basketball, most notably Georgetown University, were forced to upgrade the rest of their athletic program to a Division I level. Year 1992 ( MCMXCII) was a Leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar) Georgetown University is a Jesuit Private university located in Georgetown Washington D
The NCAA currently has a moratorium in place on schools moving divisions, including Division III schools playing up to Division I. 
In 2003, concerned about the direction of the Division, the Division III Presidents' Council, led by Middlebury College President John McCardell, acted to limit the length of the traditional and non-traditional seasons, eliminate redshirting, and redefine a season of participation, all of which were approved by a majority vote of the membership. Year 2003 ( MMIII) was a Common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. Middlebury College is a private liberal arts college located in Middlebury, Vermont, United States. John Malcolm McCardell Jr is the president emeritus and a professor of history at Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont. Redshirt is a term used in American College athletics that refers to delaying or suspending an athlete's participation in order to lengthen his or her period of eligibility
An additional proposal which would have eliminated the ability of the institutions listed above to offer athletic scholarships was rejected, though rules limiting the exception to only those schools currently offering D-I programs was approved. These actions took place at the January 2004 NCAA Convention.
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D3football.com, covers Division III football
D3Wrestle.com, covers Division III wrestling
D3hoops.com, covers Division III men's and women's basketball
D3baseball.com, covers Division III baseball
D3soccer.com, covers Division III men's and women's soccer
D3Kicks.com, covers Division III soccer
USCHO.com, covers Division III men's and women's ice hockey