What is the NCAA?

The National Collegiate Athletic Association is a member-led organization dedicated to the well-being and lifelong success of college athletes.



1,098 colleges and universities, 102 athletic conferences.

* Number does not include reclassifying, provisional or exploratory schools.

Whose ranks include:


Nearly half a million college athletes
make up the 19,886 teams that send more
than 57,661 participants to compete each
year in the NCAA’s 90 championships
in 24 sports across 3 divisions.


Who makes the rules?

Member representatives serve on committees that propose rules and policies surrounding college sports. Members ultimately decide which rules to adopt – everything from recruiting and compliance to academics and championships – and implement them on campus.



What does the national office do?

The 500 employees at the NCAA’s Indianapolis headquarters interpret and support member legislation, run all championships and manage programs that benefit student-athletes.



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