College baseball prospects looking to play college baseball have a long list of options they can choose from in regards to which school best suits them. There are over 1600 schools in the US that offer a baseball program. The different types of schools include NCAA D1, D2, D3, NJCAA (Junior College) DI, D2, D3, and NAIA D1, D2. All of these schools except for the NCAA DIII and NJCAA DIII can offer you athletic scholarships. Although DIII schools cannot offer athletic scholarships, they can still give you academic money to help with tuition costs. All athletes who are not on scholarship are considered walk-ons. A walk-on is an athlete who is on the roster but will not receive any athletic money from the school. There are two types of walk on athletes - preferred walk-ons and regular walk-ons. A preferred walk on is an athlete that is recruited by the schools coach but there is no scholarship money available. Regular walk-ons are students at the school that will have the opportunity to try out for the team during walk-on tryouts.
When beginning to navigate the options of playing college baseball, there are a number of things to consider that don't necessarily hold true from one level to another. Here is a quick synopsis of a few of those things at the NCAA DI, DII and NAIA levels.
There are just under 300 division I baseball programs in the United States.