List of NCAA Division II institutions
There are currently 303 American, Canadian, and Puerto Rican colleges and universities classified as Division II for NCAA competition. During the 2022–23 academic year, seven schools are in the process of reclassifying to Division II. Forty-four of the 50 U.S. states, plus the District of Columbia, the commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and the Canadian province of British Columbia are represented. Arizona, Louisiana, Maine, Nevada, Rhode Island, and Wyoming do not currently have D-II institutions.
Division II institutions
- The school does not sponsor women's basketball.
- Holy Names will drop their entire athletic department following the 2022-23 athletics season.
- Men's only institution in undergratuate programs, therefore it does not compete in women's sports.
- The college's athletic facilities are spread across the campus, which is split between Manchester and Hooksett.
- Despite the fact the school accepts male students, only women's sports are sponsored by the school.
- Women's only institution in undergratuate programs, therefore it does not compete in men's sports.
Reclassifying to Division II
The reclassification process from one NCAA division to another requires four years, except for moves to Division II. Moves from Division III or another national governing body (such as the NAIA) to Division II require three years, and moves from Division I to Division II require two years.
|Allen University||Yellow Jackets||Columbia||South Carolina||705||Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference||NAIA||2024|
|D'Youville University||Saints||Buffalo||New York||2,785||East Coast Conference||NCAA Division III||2023|
|Edward Waters University||Tigers||Jacksonville||Florida||2,273||Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference||NAIA||2024|
|Emory and Henry College||Wasps||Emory||Virginia||1,230||South Atlantic Conference||NCAA Division III||2024|
|University of South Carolina Beaufort||Sand Sharks||Bluffton||South Carolina||2,006||Peach Belt Conference||NAIA||2025|
|Thomas More University||Saints||Crestview Hills||Kentucky||2,037||Great Midwest Athletic Conference||NAIA||2025|
|Westmont College||Warriors||Santa Barbara||California||1,226||Pacific West Conference||NAIA||2025|
Reclassifying from Division II
The following programs are reclassifying away from NCAA Division II, or have announced definitive plans to do so. Under current NCAA rules, they must have an invitation from a conference to begin the transition to Division I. During the four-year transition period, they are ineligible for the FCS playoffs.
|Team||School||City||State||Founded||First played||Destination||Full membership|
|Merrimack Warriors||Merrimack College||North Andover||Massachusetts||1947||1985||Northeast (FCS)||2023[a]|
|Tarleton Texans||Tarleton State University||Stephenville||Texas||1899||1961||WAC (FCS)||2024[b]|
|Utah Tech Trailblazers||Utah Tech University||St. George||Utah||1911||2006||WAC (FCS)||2024[b]|
|Texas A&M–Commerce Lions||Texas A&M University–Commerce||Commerce||Texas||1889||1915||Southland (FCS)||2026[c]|
|Lindenwood Lions||Lindenwood University||St. Charles||Missouri||1827||1990||Ohio Valley[d] (FCS)||2026[e]|
|Stonehill Skyhawks||Stonehill College||Easton||Massachusetts||1948||1970||Northeast (FCS)||2026[f]|
- Merrimack began a transition from Division II to Division I in 2019, joining the Northeast Conference as a full member, including football.
- Tarleton and Utah Tech (formerly Dixie State) began transitions from Division II to Division I in July 2020, with both joining the previously non-football Western Athletic Conference. Because of their ongoing transitions, they are not eligible for the WAC's football postseason when the conference reinstated that sport in 2021, though they are included in WAC football scheduling.
- Texas A&M–Commerce, with a Southland Conference invitation in hand, is scheduled to start a transition from Division II to Division I in 2022.
- The Big South Conference and Ohio Valley Conference will merge their respective football leagues in 2023. It has not been determined whether the merged football league will operate under the banner of either conference, or operate as a separate entity.
- Lindenwood has an Ohio Valley Conference invitation. They are scheduled to start a transition from Division II to Division I in 2022.
- Stonehill has a Northeast Conference invitation. They are scheduled to start a transition from Division II to Division I in 2022.
These schools are actively pursuing Division II membership. Schools wishing to move within the NCAA to Division II must apply no later than February 1 of a given year, with the NCAA making its decision that July.
|Menlo College||Oaks||Atherton||California||828||Pacific West Conference||GSAC (NAIA)|
|Roosevelt University||Lakers||Chicago||Illinois||4,680||Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference||CCAC (NAIA)|
Sports not in D-II
The NCAA does not conduct separate Division II championships in the following sports:
- Men: Gymnastics, ice hockey, volleyball, water polo (note, however, that no Division II member currently sponsors men's gymnastics)
- Women: Bowling, gymnastics, ice hockey, water polo
- Coeducational: Fencing, rifle, skiing
Some schools have opted to compete in a sport at a higher level and are allowed to do so by the NCAA under certain circumstances. First, when the NCAA placed severe restrictions on the fielding of Division I teams by Division II institutions in 2011, it grandfathered in all then-current D-I teams at D-II schools. Apart from this, Division II members are allowed to compete for Division I championships in sports in which a Division II national championship is not contested.
In some sports, the NCAA only sponsors championships open to all member schools regardless of division, with examples including beach volleyball, fencing, rifle, and water polo. In men's and women's ice hockey and men's volleyball, the NCAA holds Division III championships, but does not hold a separate D-II championship. The NCAA officially classifies all championship events that are open to schools from more than one division as "National Collegiate", except in men's ice hockey, in which the top-level championship is styled as a Division I championship (presumably due to the past existence of a Division II championship in that sport). Division II members are allowed to compete for National Collegiate championships as well as the Division I men's ice hockey championship; in all such sports, they are allowed to operate under the same rules and scholarship restrictions that apply to full Division I members in that sport.
The Northeast-10 sponsors men's ice hockey for its members who choose to remain in D-II, including a postseason tournament.
Several members of the NE10 that sponsored women’s ice hockey also competed in the ECAC Women’s East and pursued the ECAC Open title, a women's ice hockey postseason tournament for those teams remaining in D-II but competing as independents during the regular season, but that tournament has been superseded by the New England Women's Hockey Alliance (NEWHA), which began play in 2017 as a scheduling agreement between all of the existing women's National Collegiate independents (including full D-I member Sacred Heart), organized as a full conference in 2018, and received official NCAA recognition in 2019.
Because the NE-10 is the sole Division II hockey league, its postseason champion cannot compete for the NCAA national hockey championship. The Post University men's team competes as D-II as a single-sport NE-10 member, while its women's team is a member of the NEWHA.
- Future conference affiliations indicated in this list will take effect on July 1 of the stated year. In the case of spring sports, the first year of competition will take place in the calendar year after the conference move becomes official.
The following is a list of Division II institutions currently on probation by the NCAA in one or more sports. Probation decisions are made by the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Committee on Infractions.
|Saginaw Valley State University||Entire program||February 6, 2023|
|Clark Atlanta University||Men's basketball||March 3, 2023|
|Pennsylvania Western University Clarion[a]||Women's soccer||March 10, 2023|
|University of Montevallo||Men's basketball||June 23, 2023|
|King University||Men's basketball||September 3, 2023|
|Bluefield State College||Eight sports[b]||November 10, 2024|
|University of Alaska Fairbanks||Nine sports[c]||March 17, 2025|
|Augusta University||Men's basketball||June 1, 2025|
|Lewis University||Men's and women's tennis||August 22, 2025|
|Shaw University||Men's basketball||July 12, 2026|
- Known as Clarion University of Pennsylvania before July 1, 2022.
- Baseball, men's basketball, women's cross country, men's golf, softball, and women's volleyball were specifically mentioned in the NCAA infractions decision.
- Sports specifically mentioned in the NCAA infractions decision were men's basketball, men's cross country, men's ice hockey (competing in Division I), rifle (a non-divisional sport), and skiing (also non-divisional).
- List of NCAA Division II football programs
- List of NCAA Division II lacrosse programs
- List of NCAA Division II men's soccer programs
- List of NCAA Division II women's soccer programs
- List of NCAA Division II wrestling programs
- List of NCAA Division I institutions
- List of NCAA Division III institutions
- List of NAIA institutions
- List of USCAA institutions
- List of NCCAA institutions
- List of NCAA Divisions II and III schools competing in NCAA Division I sports
- "Division II Members". National Collegiate Athletic Association. Retrieved January 20, 2022.
- Brown, Mitchell (July 15, 2020). "Allen University makes the jump from NAIA to NCAA Division II". Columbia, SC: WACH. Retrieved July 21, 2020.
- "D'Youville accepted for ECC membership, prepares to gain Division II status". The Buffalo News. March 2, 2020.
- "Edward Waters University (EWU) Earns NCAA Membership: Becomes Florida's Only NCAA Division II HBCU Member Institution". Edward Waters University. July 19, 2021. Retrieved October 10, 2021.
- "E&H ATHLETICS: Moving up and out; Emory & Henry College to join NCAA Division-II South Atlantic Conference, leaving D-III and the ODAC". Bristol Herald Courier. November 17, 2020. Retrieved November 27, 2020.
- "Peach Belt Accepts USCB as Newest League Member". University of South Carolina Beaufort Athletics. April 14, 2021. Retrieved April 15, 2021.
- "Thomas More University Unanimously Approved for Provisional Membership to Join Great Midwest". August 18, 2021. Retrieved August 18, 2021.
- "Staten Island, Frostburg State to become DII members". NCAA. July 14, 2022. Retrieved July 14, 2022.
- Roosevelt University approved as provisional member of the GLIAC - GLIAC
- "Saginaw Valley State University Public Infractions Decision" (PDF). NCAA. February 7, 2019. Retrieved February 10, 2019.
- "Clark Atlanta University Public Infractions Decision" (PDF). NCAA. March 4, 2022. Retrieved March 31, 2022.
- "Clarion University of Pennsylvania Public Infractions Decision" (PDF). NCAA. March 11, 2021. Retrieved April 23, 2021.
- "Negotiated Resolution: University of Montevallo" (PDF). NCAA. June 24, 2022. Retrieved June 30, 2022.
- "King University Public Infractions Decision" (PDF). NCAA. September 4, 2020. Retrieved September 5, 2020.
- "Bluefield State College Public Infractions Decision" (PDF). NCAA. November 11, 2021. Retrieved January 14, 2022.
- "Negotiated Resolution: University of Alaska Fairbanks" (PDF). NCAA. March 18, 2022. Retrieved March 31, 2022.
- "Augusta University Public Infractions Decision" (PDF). NCAA. June 2, 2022. Retrieved June 7, 2022.
- "Lewis University Public Infractions Decision" (PDF). NCAA. August 23, 2022. Retrieved August 28, 2022.
- "Shaw University Public Infractions Decision" (PDF). NCAA. July 13, 2022. Retrieved July 25, 2022.