Moravian College Athletics - Recruiting

Moravian College offers one of the most competitive and successful small college athletics programs in the nation, recently having been ranked as one of the top overall programs in the Director’s Cup for success in all athletic programs. Moravian athletes and teams are regularly recognized as top performers academically and athletically. In the recent past, Greyhounds have earned everything from national and conference championships to all-academic team recognition. Individual student athletes have been selected as All-Americans, Academic All-Americans and even national players of the year. Moravian won the first two Landmark Conference President's Cup championship for the most successful program in the conference and a total of four in 11 years and continues to excel across the board. Moravian sponsors 21 sports (10 men and 11 women including cheerleading) and seeks to assure a quality experience for all student athletes.

Moravian College offers financial aid to qualified students in the form of scholarships, loans, grants, and student employment to all students including athletes. Such aid is intended to supplement the financial resources of the student's family allowing qualified prospects to experience a Moravian education. Aid is based on the applicant's academic promise and documented financial need. More than 80% of Moravian students receive financial aid in some form, and most offers of aid include some combination of grants, loans, and student employment.


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About NCAA Division III

NCAA Division III: Colleges and universities in Division III place the highest priority on the overall quality of the educational experience and on the successful completion of all students’ academic programs. They seek to establish and maintain an environment in which a student-athlete’s athletics activities are conducted as an integral part of the student-athlete’s educational experience, and an environment that values cultural diversity and gender equity among their student-athletes and athletics staff. To achieve this end, Division III institutions:

  1. Expect that institutional presidents and chancellors have the ultimate responsibility and final authority for the conduct of the intercollegiate athletics program at the institutional, conference and national governance levels;
  2. Place special importance on the impact of athletics on the participants rather than on the spectators and place greater emphasis on the internal constituency (e.g., students, alumni, institutional personnel) than on the general public and its entertainment needs;
  3. Shall not award financial aid to any student on the basis of athletics leadership, ability, participation or performance;
  4. Primarily focus on intercollegiate athletics as a four-year, undergraduate experience;
  5. Encourage the development of sportsmanship and positive societal attitudes in all constituents, including student-athletes, coaches, administrative personnel and spectators;
  6. Encourage participation by maximizing the number and variety of sport offerings for their students through broad-based athletics programs;
  7. Assure that the actions of coaches and administrators exhibit fairness, openness and honesty in their relationships with student-athletes;
  8. Assure that athletics participants are not treated differently from other members of the student body;
  9. Assure that student-athletes are supported in their efforts to meaningfully participate in nonathletic pursuits to enhance their overall educational experience;
  10. Assure that athletics programs support the institution’s educational mission by financing, staffing and controlling the programs through the same general procedures as other departments of the institution. Further, the administration of an institution’s athletics program (e.g., hiring, compensation, professional development, certification of coaches) should be integrated into the campus culture and educational mission;
  11. Assure that athletics recruitment complies with established institutional policies and procedures applicable to the admission process;
  12. Exercise institutional and/or conference autonomy in the establishment of initial and continuing eligibility standards for student-athletes;
  13. Assure that academic performance of student-athletes is, at a minimum, consistent with that of the general student body;
  14. Assure that admission policies for student-athletes comply with policies and procedures applicable to the general student body;
  15. Provide equitable athletics opportunities for males and females and give equal emphasis to men’s and women’s sports;
  16. Support ethnic and gender diversity for all constituents;
  17. Give primary emphasis to regional in-season competition and conference championships; and
  18. Support student-athletes in their efforts to reach high levels of athletics performance, which may include opportunities for participation in national championships, by providing all teams with adequate facilities, competent coaching and appropriate competitive opportunities.

The purpose of the NCAA is to assist its members in developing the basis for consistent, equitable competition while minimizing infringement on the freedom of individual institutions to determine their own special objectives and programs. The above statement articulates principles that represent a commitment to Division III membership and shall serve as a guide for the preparation of legislation by the division and for planning and implementation of programs by institutions and conferences.

The Three D's:

  • Discover - Division III student-athletes are encouraged to pursue their interests and passions beyond the classroom and field of play…to discover themselves.
  • Develop - Division III institutions provide an environment that encourages student-athletes to develop into well-rounded adults. Small class sizes, the ability to participate in more than one sport, and an emphasis on participating activities outside of the classroom are all hallmarks of the Division III experience.
  • Dedicate - Division III institutions expect student-athletes to dedicate themselves to achieving their potential. Student-athletes must manage their busy schedules, keep up with class work and face the same challenges as the rest of the student-body.

NCAA Division III Financial aid: NCAA Division III student-athletes are not permitted to receive athletically related financial aid. Division III athletics feature athletes who receive no financial aid related to their athletics skills.

Total NCAA Division III Membership: 448 institutions. The largest of the NCAA's three divisions. Division III athletics is committed to providing equitable athletics opportunities for both genders and gives equal emphasis to men's and women's sports.

What does NCAA Division III Offer?:

  • Division III athletics provides a well-rounded collegiate experience that involves a balance of rigorous academics, competitive athletics, and the opportunity to pursue the multitude of other co-curricular and extra-curricular opportunities offered on Division III campuses.
  • Division III playing season and eligibility standards minimize conflicts between athletics and academics, allowing student-athletes to focus on their academic programs and the achievement of a degree.
  • Division III offers an intense and competitive athletics environment for student-athletes who play for the love of the game, without the obligation of an athletics scholarship.
  • Division III athletics departments place special importance on the impact of athletics on the participants rather than on the spectators. The student-athlete’s experience is of paramount concern.
  • Division III athletics departments are dedicated to offering broad-based programs with a high number and wide range of athletics participation opportunities for both men and women.
  • Division III places primary emphasis on regional in-season and conference competition, while also offering 36 national championships annually.
  • Division III affords student-athletes the opportunity to discover valuable lessons in teamwork, discipline, perseverance, and leadership, which in turn make student-athletes better students and responsible citizens.
  • Division III features student-athletes who are subject to the same admission standards, academic standards, housing, and support services as the general student body. The integration of athletics with the larger institution enables student-athletes to experience all aspects of campus life.
  • Division III encourages student-athletes to take advantage of the many opportunities available to them, both within and beyond athletics, so that they may develop their full potential as students, athletes, and citizens.