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With more than 250 colleges across NCAA Division 1, Division 2 and Division 3 offering cheerleading programs, as well as across the NAIA and junior colleges.

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There are also competitive programs in the NAIA and junior colleges. When it comes to cheer colleges, there is a wide variety of experiences available.

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But the biggest difference between the programs is whether they are competitive. the other doesn't compete in events and only cheers at games.

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If a student-athlete is interested in competing in college, they must further narrow their options by deciding whether to attend a school.

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As we said, cheer colleges can vary greatly. That's why it's important for student-athletes to narrow down the type of college they want to attend.

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There are more than 150 Division 1 colleges that offer cheerleading, and most of them are competitive, meaning they participate in Universal Cheerleader.

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Highly-competitive Division 1 cheerleading colleges typically have better funding than other schools, so there may be more opportunities to earn scholarships.

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Many cheerleading recruits are also drawn to the game-day atmosphere at Division 1 schools. These programs tend to be large, public universities.

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Many student-athletes are drawn to this level because they can compete, while still focusing on academics, participating in internships or working part-time.

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Most of these schools are small, and some are private. Many cheerleading recruits are interested in Division 3 because they can focus.