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FAQ: Baseball scholarships

Baseball Scholarship Information

Division I

  • Total baseball programs: 298
  • Maximum scholarships available per program: 11.7

Under NCAA rules, a Division 1 baseball team’s 11.7 scholarships can be divided between a maximum of 27 players on a 35-player roster, with all players on athletic scholarship having to receive a minimum of a 25 percent scholarship. That leaves room for eight walk-ons. These players will initially not be offered an athletic scholarship, but they can earn a scholarship in the future.

Division II

  • Total baseball programs: 259
  • Maximum scholarships available: 9

The NCAA academic eligibility requirements are similar to the Division 1 level. To compete at the Division 2 level, recruits must complete the following core course requirements:

  • Three years of English and math
  • Two years of natural/physical science
  • Two years of social science
  • Two extra years of English, math or science and four years of a foreign language, philosophy, religion or additional years of any of the above categories

Division III

  • Total baseball programs: 374
  • Maximum scholarships available: 0

Division III programs do not offer athletic scholarships, but they can put together financial aid packages that rival the athletic scholarships at other levels. Division III programs usually have limited recruiting budgets and often rely on student-athletes reaching out to them to express their interest with video footage to be evaluated.


  • Total baseball programs: 212
  • Maximum scholarships available: 12

While scholarships are often divided up into partial scholarships amongst many players on the roster, many high-level players will choose to play at the NAIA level to obtain a better athletic scholarship package.

Junior college

  • Total baseball programs: 511
  • Maximum scholarships available: 24

The purpose of junior college baseball is to give players two years (occasionally one year) of athletic and academic development. For many athletes, the ultimate goal is to find a good fit with a four-year program after leaving the junior college. Many junior college baseball programs have high-level talent, and they have a reputation for placing their players at NCAA Division 1 and Division II programs.

Source: Next College Student Athlete


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