Differences Between NCAA Divisions I-A, I-AA and I-AAA

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The Differences Between Division I-A, I-AA and I-AAA Athletic Programs

There are 325 NCAA Division I institutions divided into three subdivisions:

Division I-A:
(117 member institutions) - new membership requirements start 8/1/04

* Must sponsor 16 varsity sports for men and women.
* Must play at least five home games against other I-A opponents.
* Must average annually at least 15,000 in actual attendance for all home games.
* Must provide an average of 90% of the permissible maximum number of football grants per year (85) over a rolling two year period
* There is an annual limit of 85 student-athletes who can receive athletic aid.
* Must offer a minimum of 200 athletic grants or expend at least $4 million on grants to all student-athletes.
* Permitted to hire ten full-time coaches and two graduate assistant coaches.

Division I-AA:
(123 member institutions) - a cost containment football classification

* Can sponsor two fewer (14) varsity sports for men and women.
* Can offer no athletic aid in football or up to 63 full grants.
* Athletic aid in football (maximum of 63 full grants) can be awarded in varying amounts to 85 student-athletes annually.
* Limited to seven full-time coaches and four "restricted" coaches.

Division I-AAA:
(85 member institutions) - includes the Big West Conference

* 85 institutions that do not sponsor football at the intercollegiate level.
* Athletics programs are focused on the sport of basketball.
* 41 of the 85 Division I-AAA institutions are small private colleges or universities.

The nine UC's are currently organized as follows:
Division I-A (Must sponsor 16 varsity sports; Must fund 85 football grants )

UCLA
UC Berkeley
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Division I-AAA (Must sponsor 14 varsity sports; No football program)
UC Santa Barbara
UC Irvine
UC Riverside
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Division II (Must sponsor 10 varsity sports; Maximum of 36 football grants)
UC Davis
UC San Diego
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Division III (No athletic aid awarded)
UC Santa Cruz
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No athletics
UC San Francisco
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None of the UC campuses currently compete at the NCAA Division I-AA level like Sacramento State, Cal Poly SLO, St Mary's or members of the Big Sky Conference.