The NCAA Division II membership process is a multiyear endeavor that prepares institutions for membership as successful Division II athletics programs. The minimum three-year membership process consists of two periods, the candidacy period and the provisional period. The candidacy period consists of at least two years (candidacy period year one and two) and at least one year of a provisional period. The process includes opportunities for education, assessment and growth as institutions integrate the Division II philosophy, strategic positioning platform and best practices to be a model Division II institution.
An institution interested in becoming a Division II member must first complete a current application and provide an electronic copy and hard copy of the application to the NCAA national office not later than February 1. As noted in the application form, additional information (e.g., spring sport-sponsorship information) will be due June 1. The applicant institution must also provide a check in the amount of the appropriate application fee with the application. The NCAA Division II Membership Committee reviews all of the applications received by February 1 at its summer in-person meeting. Institutions accepted to begin the membership proves begin the first year of the candidacy period September 1.
During the first year of the candidacy period, institutions are encouraged to implement as much of the Division II legislation as possible. There are several requirements that need to be fulfilled during candidacy period year one including but not limited to:
During candidacy period year two of the membership process, institutions are encouraged to implement as much of the Division II legislation as possible. Several requirements must be met during candidacy period year two including but not limited to:
Once an institution begins the provisional period in the membership process, the institution must submit a sum equal to the annual fee and the Division II membership dues. Several requirements must be met during the provisional year including but not limited to:
At the conclusion of the provisional year of the membership process, the committee evaluates the institution for invitation to active Division II membership. Institutions may be required to repeat the provisional year. An institution that is invited to active Division II membership officially becomes active September 1.