The Division III College Championships is an annual event held for teams from colleges or universities whose student populations of 7,500 or less.
The D-III Championships were first held in 2010 as part of ongoing efforts to create additional, high-level playing opportunities for college teams and to better tailor competitive opportunities across the college division.
In all, 32 teams compete at the D-III Championships – 16 each in the men’s and women’s divisions.
Teams qualify by competing in conference and regional championship events held around the country. Bids are awarded based on regular-season rankings, which are calculated using USA Ultimate’s rankings algorithm.
In a case where there are not enough teams to hold a regional event, Division III teams can qualify for the Championships through their conference championship.
If there are not enough teams in a conference to hold a separate D-III conference championship event (i.e., Southeast and Southwest women’s), teams qualify for the Championships based on final end-of-regular-season rankings.
In 2017, 221 D-III teams competed in the postseason championship series. Each year, the number of Division III teams that compete in the series increases.