North Central University Athletics Gains Active NCAA DIII Status
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.-- North Central University Athletics has been notified by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) that it will be moved to Division III Active Member Status beginning September 1, 2010. The Athletics Department is pleased to announce its successful completion of the provisional membership process.
Division III, the non-scholarship level of the NCAA, represents the largest portion of NCAA membership with a total of 447 institutions. Division III programs emphasize the student-athlete’s full immersion in the academic, athletic and other aspects that the member campus has to offer. The average enrollment of NCAA DIII schools is around 2,200 and sports sponsorship requirements are based on an institution’s enrollment. All of North Central’s 14 varsity sports will compete at the Division III level. Full membership in NCAA DIII allows North Central to further relationships with schools of shared philosophy and similar size while allowing North Central to stay true to its distinction as a Christ-centered University. NCU will also maintain its status as a member of the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) Division II.
North Central began the membership process in the summer of 2005 and completed the final year of its provisional status during 2009-10. North Central has advanced its varsity sports sponsorships from six sports in the fall of 1999 to 14 offerings in the fall of 2010. The Rams begin their NCAA membership as an associate member of the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) and the Association of Division III Independents. Beginning in 2010-11 NCU will become fully eligible for participation in NCAA DIII Championships and the post-season awards associated with each of its 14 varsity sports teams.
North Central is a non-profit private university located in the heart of Minneapolis. The college offers degrees in deaf culture studies, business administration, education, music, psychology, biblical studies, English, communication arts, evangelism and church planting, intercultural studies and more. The school is located at 910 Elliot Ave. Minneapolis, MN 55404.