List of NCAA Division I FCS football programs

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This is a list of schools in Division I of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) that play football in the United States as a varsity sport and are members of the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), known as Division I-AA from 1978 through 2005. The teams in this subdivision compete in a 24-team playoff for the NCAA Division I Football Championship. All leagues allow scholarships with the exception of the Ivy League and Pioneer Football League.

There will be 124 FCS programs for the 2014 season. Conference affiliations are current for the upcoming season. Schools in the second year of a transition to the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) and are considered FBS members for scheduling purposes are not listed here. Three schools fall in this category for 2014—Appalachian State, Georgia Southern, and Old Dominion.

FCS programs[edit]

Team School City State Conference
Abilene Christian Wildcats Abilene Christian University Abilene Texas Southland
Alabama A&M Bulldogs Alabama A & M University Normal Alabama SWAC
Alabama State Hornets Alabama State University Montgomery Alabama SWAC
Albany Great Danes University at Albany, SUNY Albany New York CAA
Alcorn State Braves Alcorn State University Lorman Mississippi SWAC
Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Pine Bluff Arkansas SWAC
Austin Peay Governors Austin Peay State University Clarksville Tennessee Ohio Valley
Bethune-Cookman Wildcats Bethune-Cookman University Daytona Beach Florida MEAC
Brown Bears Brown University Providence Rhode Island Ivy
Bryant Bulldogs Bryant University Smithfield Rhode Island Northeast
Bucknell Bison Bucknell University Lewisburg Pennsylvania Patriot
Butler Bulldogs Butler University Indianapolis Indiana Pioneer
Cal Poly Mustangs California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo California Big Sky
Campbell Fighting Camels Campbell University Buies Creek North Carolina Pioneer
Central Arkansas Bears University of Central Arkansas Conway Arkansas Southland
Central Connecticut State Blue Devils Central Connecticut State University New Britain Connecticut Northeast
Charleston Southern Buccaneers Charleston Southern University North Charleston South Carolina Big South
Charlotte 49ers University of North Carolina at Charlotte Charlotte North Carolina Independent
Chattanooga Mocs University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Chattanooga Tennessee Southern
The Citadel Bulldogs The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina Charleston South Carolina Southern
Coastal Carolina Chanticleers Coastal Carolina University Conway South Carolina Big South
Colgate Raiders Colgate University Hamilton New York Patriot
Columbia Lions Columbia University Manhattan New York Ivy
Cornell Big Red Cornell University Ithaca New York Ivy
Dartmouth Big Green Dartmouth College Hanover New Hampshire Ivy
Davidson Wildcats Davidson College Davidson North Carolina Pioneer
Dayton Flyers University of Dayton Dayton Ohio Pioneer
Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens University of Delaware Newark Delaware CAA
Delaware State Hornets Delaware State University Dover Delaware MEAC
Drake Bulldogs Drake University Des Moines Iowa Pioneer
Duquesne Dukes Duquesne University Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Northeast
Eastern Illinois Panthers Charleston Illinois Ohio Valley 1895 1899
Eastern Kentucky Colonels Richmond Kentucky Ohio Valley 1874 1909
Eastern Washington Eagles Cheney Washington Big Sky 1882 1901
Elon Phoenix Elon North Carolina CAA 1889 1909
Florida A&M Rattlers Tallahassee Florida MEAC 1887 1907
Fordham Rams The Bronx New York Patriot 1841 1881
Furman Paladins Greenville South Carolina Southern 1826 1889
Gardner–Webb Runnin' Bulldogs Boiling Springs North Carolina Big South 1905 1970
Georgetown Hoyas Georgetown Washington, D.C. Patriot 1789 1881
Grambling State Tigers Grambling Louisiana SWAC 1901 1928
Hampton Pirates Hampton Virginia MEAC 1868 1902
Harvard Crimson Cambridge Massachusetts Ivy 1636 1874
Holy Cross Crusaders Worcester Massachusetts Patriot 1843 1896
Houston Baptist Huskies Houston Texas Southland 1960 2013
Howard Bison Pleasant Plains Washington, D.C. MEAC 1867 1893
Idaho State Bengals Pocatello Idaho Big Sky 1901 1902
Illinois State Redbirds Normal Illinois Missouri Valley 1857 1887
Incarnate Word Cardinals San Antonio Texas Southland 1881 2009
Indiana State Sycamores Terre Haute Indiana Missouri Valley 1865 1896
Jackson State Tigers Jackson Mississippi SWAC 1877 1911
Jacksonville Dolphins Jacksonville Florida Pioneer 1934 1998
Jacksonville State Gamecocks Jacksonville Alabama Ohio Valley 1883 1904
James Madison Dukes Harrisonburg Virginia CAA 1908 1972
Lafayette Leopards Easton Pennsylvania Patriot 1826 1882
Lamar Cardinals Beaumont Texas Southland 1923 1923
Lehigh Mountain Hawks Bethlehem Pennsylvania Patriot 1865 1884
Liberty Flames Lynchburg Virginia Big South 1971 1973
Maine Black Bears Orono Maine CAA 1865 1892
Marist Red Foxes Poughkeepsie New York Pioneer 1929 1965
McNeese State Cowboys Lake Charles Louisiana Southland 1939 1950
Mercer Bears Macon Georgia Southern 1833 1892[1]
Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils Itta Bena Mississippi SWAC 1946 1953
Missouri State Bears Springfield Missouri Missouri Valley 1905 1909
Monmouth Hawks West Long Branch New Jersey Big South 1933 1993
Montana Grizzlies Missoula Montana Big Sky 1893 1897
Montana State Bobcats Bozeman Montana Big Sky 1893 1897
Morehead State Eagles Morehead Kentucky Pioneer 1887 1924
Morgan State Bears Baltimore Maryland MEAC 1867 1899
Murray State Racers Murray Kentucky Ohio Valley 1922 1924
New Hampshire Wildcats Durham New Hampshire CAA 1866 1893
Nicholls State Colonels Thibodaux Louisiana Southland 1948 1972
Norfolk State Spartans Norfolk Virginia MEAC 1935 1938
North Carolina A&T Aggies Greensboro North Carolina MEAC 1891 1901
North Carolina Central Eagles Durham North Carolina MEAC 1909 1922
North Dakota UND Grand Forks North Dakota Big Sky 1883 1894
North Dakota State Bison Fargo North Dakota Missouri Valley 1890 1894
Northern Arizona Lumberjacks Flagstaff Arizona Big Sky 1899 1915
Northern Colorado Bears Greeley Colorado Big Sky 1889 1893
Northern Iowa Panthers Cedar Falls Iowa Missouri Valley 1876 1895
Northwestern State Demons Natchitoches Louisiana Southland 1884 1907
Pennsylvania Quakers Philadelphia Pennsylvania Ivy 1740 1876
Portland State Vikings Portland Oregon Big Sky 1946 1947
Prairie View A&M Panthers Prairie View Texas SWAC 1876 1907
Presbyterian Blue Hose Clinton South Carolina Big South 1880 1913
Princeton Tigers Princeton New Jersey Ivy 1746 1869
Rhode Island Rams Kingston Rhode Island CAA 1888 1895
Richmond Spiders Richmond Virginia CAA 1830 1881
Robert Morris Colonials Moon Township Pennsylvania Northeast 1921 1994
Sacramento State Hornets Sacramento California Big Sky 1947 1954
Sacred Heart Pioneers Fairfield Connecticut Northeast 1963 1991
Saint Francis Red Flash Loretto Pennsylvania Northeast 1847 1909
Sam Houston State Bearkats Huntsville Texas Southland 1879 1912
Samford Bulldogs Birmingham Alabama Southern 1841 1902
San Diego Toreros San Diego California Pioneer 1949 1956
Savannah State Tigers Savannah Georgia MEAC 1890 1915
South Carolina State Bulldogs Orangeburg South Carolina MEAC 1896 1907
South Dakota Coyotes Vermillion South Dakota Missouri Valley 1862 1889
South Dakota State Jackrabbits Brookings South Dakota Missouri Valley 1881 1889
Southeast Missouri State Redhawks Cape Girardeau Missouri Ohio Valley 1873 1902
Southeastern Louisiana Lions Hammond Louisiana Southland 1925 1930
Southern Jaguars Baton Rouge Louisiana SWAC 1880 1918
Southern Illinois Salukis Carbondale Illinois Missouri Valley 1869 1913
Southern Utah Thunderbirds Cedar City Utah Big Sky 1897 1963
Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks Nacogdoches Texas Southland 1921 1923
Stetson Hatters DeLand Florida Pioneer 1883 1901[2]
Stony Brook Seawolves Stony Brook New York CAA 1957 1969
Tennessee State Tigers Nashville Tennessee Ohio Valley 1912 1916
Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles Cookeville Tennessee Ohio Valley 1912 1917
Texas Southern Tigers Houston Texas SWAC 1947 1947
Towson Tigers Towson Maryland CAA 1866 1968
UC Davis Aggies Davis California Big Sky 1905 1915
UT Martin Skyhawks Martin Tennessee Ohio Valley 1900 1953
Valparaiso Crusaders Valparaiso Indiana Pioneer 1859 1919
Villanova Wildcats Villanova Pennsylvania CAA 1842 1894
VMI Keydets Lexington Virginia Southern 1839 1873
Wagner Seahawks Staten Island New York Northeast 1883 1927
Weber State Wildcats Ogden Utah Big Sky 1889 1962
Western Carolina Catamounts Cullowhee North Carolina Southern 1889 1931
Western Illinois Leathernecks Macomb Illinois Missouri Valley 1899 1903
William & Mary Tribe Williamsburg Virginia CAA 1693 1893
Wofford Terriers Spartanburg South Carolina Southern 1854 1889
Yale Bulldogs New Haven Connecticut Ivy 1701 1872
Youngstown State Penguins Youngstown Ohio Missouri Valley 1908 1938

Starting FCS programs[edit]

School Nickname City State Conference Founded Begins Play
East Tennessee State Buccaneers Johnson City Tennessee Southern 1911 2015[3]
Kennesaw State Owls Kennesaw Georgia Big South 1963 2015[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Mercer first fielded a team in 1892, but did not consistently field teams until 1906. The school dropped football after the 1941 season, and did not reinstate the sport until 2013.
  2. ^ Stetson dropped football after the 1956 season and did not reinstate the sport until 2013.
  3. ^ East Tennessee State first fielded a football team in 1920, but dropped the sport in 2003. "SoCon Adds ETSU, Mercer and VMI" (Press release). Southern Conference. May 30, 2013. Retrieved June 24, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Kennesaw State University to Formally Announce the Launch of Football". Kennesaw State Athletics. February 13, 2013. Retrieved February 13, 2013. 

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