Division I Undergraduate is a separate division within the Division I framework. Teams competing in this division compete alongside Division I Open teams and are eligible to win the Division I title.
All NAQT Sectional Championship Tournaments (SCTs) as well as the Intercollegiate Championship Tournament (ICT) award distinct Division I Undergraduate championships. In addition, the top undergraduate team at an SCT may earn a Tier-6 invitation to the ICT (giving it preference over some of the field).
Students qualify to play in Division I Undergraduate if they meet both of these requirements:
- They do not possess a degree at the Bachelor’s level or higher from any post-secondary educational institution.
- They have not completed their fourth distinct academic year of competition in NAQT collegiate championship events (that is, SCTs and ICTs).
A team qualifies to play in Division I Undergraduate if all of its members do.
There is one exception to the above rules: If a player graduates in the middle of a competition year (most commonly in December), he or she will continue to be considered an undergraduate for eligibility purposes through the end of the year (assuming he or she meets the second criterion). In short, NAQT considers that all degrees are awarded at the end of the competition year.
NAQT has a collection of Frequently Asked Questions about Eligibility.