List of schools reclassifying their athletic programs to NCAA Division I

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The following is a list of United States colleges and universities that are in the process of reclassifying their athletic programs to NCAA Division I.[1]

Institution Athletics Former Division II Conference New conference Start Year End Year Notes
Abilene Christian University Wildcats Lone Star Conference Southland Conference 2013-14 2017-18 [2]
Grand Canyon University 'Lopes Pacific West Conference Western Athletic Conference 2013-14 2017-18 [3]
University of the Incarnate Word Cardinals Lone Star Conference Southland Conference 2013-14 2017-18 [4]
University of Massachusetts Lowell River Hawks Northeast-10 Conference America East Conference 2013-14 2017-18 [5]
Northern Kentucky University Norse Great Lakes Valley Conference Atlantic Sun Conference 2012-13 2016-17 [6]
University of Nebraska at Omaha Mavericks Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association The Summit League 2011-12 2015-16 [7][8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Multidivision, Reclassifying and Provisional Institutions for 2011-12". NCAA. August 2011. Retrieved September 4, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Abilene Christian moving to Division I, Southland Conference in 2013" (Press release). NCAA. August 25, 2012. Retrieved August 26, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Grand Canyon University Accepts Invitation to the Western Athletic Conference" (Press release). Grand Canyon University Sports Information. November 27, 2012. Retrieved November 27, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Southland Conference to Add University of the Incarnate Word" (Press release). Southland Conference. August 20, 2012. Retrieved August 20, 2012. 
  5. ^ Whitmer, Michael (February 13, 2013). "UMass Lowell joining America East". The Boston Globe. Retrieved February 21, 2013. 
  6. ^ "NKU accepts invitation to join Atlantic Sun Conference, will reclassify to NCAA Division I". December 8, 2011. Retrieved December 10, 2011. 
  7. ^ Staff (March 13, 2011). "Nebraska-Omaha to make jump to D-I". ESPN. Retrieved April 24, 2011. 
  8. ^ White, Rob (February 16, 2012). "Road-heavy schedule will test Mavs". Omaha World-Herald. Retrieved March 1, 2012.