The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) oversees three divisions of junior college sports: Division I, Division II, and Division III. These divisions provide varying levels of athletic opportunities and scholarships for student-athletes.
In NJCAA Division I, schools typically offer more scholarships and have larger athletic programs. Eligibility requirements may include high school graduation or its equivalent, along with maintaining a certain number of credit hours each semester.
NJCAA Division II schools have smaller athletic programs and fewer available scholarships compared to Division I. The eligibility criteria for Division II are similar to Division I, focusing on academic standards and credit hour completion.
In NJCAA Division III, athletic scholarships are usually not offered, with an emphasis on the overall college experience and balancing academics and athletics. Eligibility requirements are generally less strict than those in Division I and II but still include academic standards and may require students to complete a minimum number of credit hours.
It's crucial to understand that eligibility requirements can vary among junior colleges and sports within the NJCAA. Prospective student-athletes should contact their chosen junior college's athletic department for specific information regarding eligibility and scholarship opportunities in their sport.
Furthermore, students considering transferring to a four-year institution after attending a junior college should be aware of the NCAA's transfer rules and academic eligibility criteria, which can apply when moving to a Division I or II program. These criteria may involve maintaining a minimum GPA, standardized test scores, and completing a certain number of college-level courses.
Sources: NJCAA Handbook, September 2023