Division I is the higher of the two echelons of play recognized by NAQT at the collegiate level. Division I is intended to provide experienced quiz bowl teams with the highest level of competition.
All NAQT Sectional Championship Tournaments (SCTs) as well as the Intercollegiate Championship Tournament (ICT) award overall Division I championships, also called Division I (Open). Those tournaments also recognize the top Division I teams consisting entirely of undergraduates (with four or fewer years of quiz bowl experience); that team is considered the winner of the Division I (Undergraduate) title.
In general, Division I and Division II teams compete separately.
All students eligible to represent their institution under NAQT’s Collegiate Eligibility Rules may compete in Division I. Less experienced students may be able to compete in Division II. Players may compete in Division I even if they are eligible for Division II (though, in some circumstances, this may cost them their Division II eligibility).
NAQT has a collection of Frequently Asked Questions about Eligibility.