50-50 Highlights: NCAA D2 Colleges

D2 College Teams players on a benchThe NCAA Division 2 is the smallest of the three NCAA Divisions. Division 2 colleges, like Division 1 schools, offer athletic scholarships. However, they do not offer as many scholarships in many sports and are not required to sponsor as many varsity teams as D1 programs. They also tend to offer more partial scholarships.

The competition at NCAA D2 colleges is generally considered lower than D1 schools. However, unlike D1 teams, D2 teams can offer tryouts to prospective athletes. The two divisions also have different academic requirements.

Of the 303 NCAA D2 (2013) colleges, only 45 qualify as 50-50 schools.  Only 15 of the 25 D2 athletic conferences have 50-50 schools and 8 of those have only 1. The Pennsylvania State Athletic Conferences had the most with 10, followed by the Northeast 10 Conference with 8, and the Great Lakes Valley Conference with 6.

Pennsylvania (23), California (21), and North Carolina (20) have the most D2 schools. However, only Pennsylvania is in top 3 of 50-50 D2 schools with 12 schools. Missouri is second with 6 schools, and New York is third with 4. California has only 1 D2 schools that meets the 50-50 requirements while North Carolina doesn’t have any.

The following table lists the D2 50-50 schools by basketball conference. Schools may compete in different conference depending on the sport. Since many schools don’t compete in football, I choose to use the basketball conference. As usual, the four-year graduation rate is used for private schools and the five-year rate is used for public schools.

50-50 NCAA D2 Colleges with Graduation Rates
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NameTypeStateFull-
time
Under-
grads
4/5 yr
Grad
Rates
Basketball Conference
Adelphi UniversityPrivateNY453153Northeast 10 Conference
Assumption CollegePrivateMA202270Northeast 10 Conference
Bellarmine UniversityPrivateKY237853Great Lakes Valley Conference
Bloomsburg University of PennsylvaniaPublicPA881360Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference
California University of PennsylvaniaPublicPA564950Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference
Cedarville UniversityPrivateOH304461Great Midwest Athletic Conference
Central Washington UniversityPublicWA899650Great Northwest Athletic Conference
Clarion University of PennsylvaniaPublicPA437351Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference
Converse CollegePrivateSC67155Conference Carolinas
East Stroudsburg University of PennPublicPA549554Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference
Eckerd CollegePrivateFL194759Sunshine State Conference
Erskine CollegePrivateSC56552Conference Carolinas
Georgia College and State UniversityPublicGA526458Peach Belt Conference
Grand Valley State UniversityPublicMI1868663Great Lakes Intercollegiate Ath Conf
Kutztown University of PennsylvaniaPublicPA827951Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference
Lancaster Bible CollegePrivatePA81454Other
Le Moyne CollegePrivateNY240163Northeast 10 Conference
Maryville University of Saint LouisPrivateMO178651Great Lakes Valley Conference
Mercyhurst UniversityPrivatePA255254Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference
Merrimack CollegePrivateMA260454Northeast 10 Conference
Michigan Technological UniversityPublicMI519858Great Lakes Intercollegiate Ath Conf
Millersville University of PennsylvaniaPublicPA658458Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference
Missouri University of Science and TechPublicMO547256Great Lakes Valley Conference
Point Loma Nazarene UniversityPrivateCA248362Pacific West Conference
Roberts Wesleyan CollegePrivateNY122553East Coast Conference
Rockhurst UniversityPrivateMO154660Great Lakes Valley Conference
Rollins CollegePrivateFL236661Sunshine State Conference
Saint Anselm CollegePrivateNH187871Northeast 10 Conference
Saint Edward's UniversityPrivateTX344251Heartland Conference
Saint Michael's CollegePrivateVT195969Northeast 10 Conference
Seattle Pacific UniversityPrivateWA323054Great Northwest Athletic Conference
Slippery Rock University of PennsylvaniaPublicPA705760Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference
Stonehill CollegePrivateMA245882Northeast 10 Conference
The College of Saint RosePrivateNY266453Northeast 10 Conference
The University of TampaPrivateFL618851Sunshine State Conference
Truman State UniversityPublicMO537570Great Lakes Valley Conference
Union UniversityPrivateTN217551Gulf South Conference
University of Central MissouriPublicMO829050Mid-America Intercollegiate Ath Assoc
University of Minnesota-DuluthPublicMN898954Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference
University of Pittsburgh-JohnstownPublicPA275351Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference
University of the SciencesPrivatePA181467Central Atlantic Collegiate Conf
West Chester University of PennsylvaniaPublicPA1246365Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference
Western Washington UniversityPublicWA1294264Great Northwest Athletic Conference
William Jewell CollegePrivateMO101250Great Lakes Valley Conference
Winona State UniversityPublicMN735451Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference

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