List of NCAA Division I institutions
This is a list of NCAA Division I institutions.
Division I Institutions
There are currently 357 American colleges and universities classified as Division I for NCAA competition. 49 of the 50 U.S. states, plus the District of Columbia, are represented. Only Alaska does not currently have a D-I institution.
Full member institutions
- Primary affiliation changing to the Western Athletic Conference in July 2021.
- Bethune–Cookman and Florida A&M join the Southwestern Athletic Conference in July 2021.
- The football team plays in the Pioneer Football League.
- The football team plays in the Big Sky Conference.
- Central Arkansas, Eastern Kentucky, and Jacksonville State join the ASUN Conference in July 2021. All three will become de facto football-only members of the Western Athletic Conference, playing in a temporary ASUN–WAC football partnership until the ASUN launches an FCS football league in 2022 or later.
- Chicago State has announced it will leave the WAC in July 2022. It has yet to announce a future conference affiliation.
- Duquesne football plays in the Northeast Conference.
- The football team plays in the Patriot League.
- Hartford has announced it will begin a transition to NCAA Division III in July 2021. Current plans call for UH to join a D-III conference in 2023 in advance of full D-III membership in 2025.
- Hawaii football plays in the Mountain West Conference.
- The football team plays in the Missouri Valley Football Conference.
- The football team currently plays in the Big South Conference, but will move to the school's full-time home of the ASUN Conference once it establishes its planned FCS football league.
- Liberty football currently plays as an FBS independent.
- UMass football plays as an FBS independent.
- The football team plays in the Big South Conference.
- New Mexico State football currently plays as an FBS independent.
- Primary affiliation changing to the Big South Conference in July 2021.
- North Dakota football competed as an FCS independent in 2018 and 2019 before joining the Missouri Valley Football Conference in 2020.
- Notre Dame football plays as an FBS independent, but has a scheduling agreement with the ACC by which it plays five games each season against ACC schools, and plays each other ACC member at least once every three years.
- Presbyterian football left the Big South after the 2019 season, spending a transitional season as an FCS independent before joining the Pioneer Football League in 2021. It remains a full non-football Big South member.
- Primary affiliation changing to the Western Athletic Conference in July 2022.
- Army football plays as an FBS independent.
- Navy football plays in the American Athletic Conference.
- North Alabama football competes in the Big South Conference until the ASUN Conference establishes an FCS football league in 2022 or later.
- Dixie State and Tarleton currently play football as FCS independents; they will be members of the WAC's new FCS football league in July 2021.
- St. Thomas's unique move directly from Division III to Division I was granted by NCAA on July 15, 2020.
|School||Common name||Team||City||State||Type||Enrollment||Future conference||Making transition||Full membership|
|Augustana University||Augustana||Vikings||Sioux Falls||South Dakota||Private/Lutheran||2,080||TBD||From D-II to D-I||TBD – Augustana announced its intent to move to D-I in December 2018.|
It has since been internally studying the needs of the move and expects to request and receive an invitation to join a D-I conference by December 2020. They were denied an invitation to join the Summit League in summer 2020.
|Kentucky State University||Kentucky State||Thorobreds & Thorobrettes||Frankfort||Kentucky||Public||2,220||TBD||From D-II to D-I||TBD – Media reports in May 2021 indicated that Kentucky State is one of two historically black colleges and universities (HBCU) that have had conversations with the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC), a league whose full members are all HBCUs, to move to D-I as MEAC members. That conference has lost five members since 2018, with one leaving that year, one in 2019, and three leaving in July 2021. KSU had ordered a feasibility study on moving to D-I in fall 2020, which was completed and delivered in early 2021. The MEAC has reportedly waived the conference entrance fee should KSU make the D-I move.|
|Virginia State University||Virginia State||Trojans||Ettrick||Virginia||Public||4,000||TBD||From D-II to D-I||TBD –Virginia State, the other HBCU linked to a potential MEAC move, was reportedly approached by that conference in spring 2020 about joining. VSU commissioned its own feasibility study, which showed a path to possible D-I membership, but concluded that the move would require significant increases in student athletic fees and enrollment.|
- The formal nickname for women's teams is "Razorbacks", and the university consistently refers to the women's teams as the Razorbacks or Razorback women. The terms "Lady Razorbacks" and "Lady'Backs" have been abandoned by the university.
- Although the school now prefers to use "Little Rock" for its athletic programs, and the NCAA has also adopted this usage, national media have yet to fully recognize this change.
- The school is also commonly referred to by its short name Cal, or, less commonly, as Cal–Berkeley. The athletic department uses only California and Cal.
- Long Beach State fully rebranded its athletic program as "The Beach" effective in 2020–21, after transitioning from its former nickname of 49ers over several years. The baseball team is unofficially called "Dirtbags", and the school recognizes the nickname.
- The school and the Big West Conference brand the school as CSUN, which has wide media usage but is not yet used by the NCAA.
- The school is increasingly branding its athletic program as simply "Charleston". The NCAA and national sports media are inconsistent, using "Charleston" for basketball but "College of Charleston" for other sports.
- Charleston Southern's women's golf team is known as the Lady Bucs
- Although the school brands itself as Detroit Mercy, it is still usually referred to as Detroit.
- The school has long branded itself as ETSU, but media usage is inconsistent.
- The school has long branded itself as EKU, but media usage is inconsistent.
- The women's gymnastics team is known as "Gym Dogs".
- Most of the university is in Cambridge, but some academic buildings and almost all athletic facilities, including the football stadium, lie in Boston.
- In July 2013, all Hawaiʻi men's teams adopted the nickname of "Rainbow Warriors". This reversed a 2000 policy that resulted in different men's teams using "Rainbow Warriors", "Warriors", and "Rainbows". All women's teams continue to use "Rainbow Wahine", although the beach volleyball team has mostly deprecated that nickname in favor of "SandBows".
- Although UIC is the school's preferred athletic name, national sports media generally use "Illinois-Chicago" in score listings and on first reference.
- The school brands itself as UIW, but media usage is inconsistent, largely because the school is relatively new to Division I.
- Before the 2019–20 school year, LIU operated separate NCAA athletic programs at each of its two principal campuses. LIU Brooklyn was a Division I member, while LIU Post was in Division II. The two athletic programs merged in July 2019, with the merged program inheriting Brooklyn's Division I membership.
- The school brands its athletic program solely as "Louisiana", with no city identifier, but it is still usually referred to as Louisiana–Lafayette.
- The use of "Tigers" or "Lady Tigers" depends on whether a given sport is sponsored for both men and women at the varsity level. In sports that are sponsored for both sexes, women's teams are known as "Lady Tigers". Sports that are sponsored only for one sex use "Tigers".
- National sports media generally use "Loyola Chicago" (with or without a dash), "Loyola (Chicago)", or "Loyola (Illinois)" to distinguish this school from others with the Loyola name. The NCAA now uses "Loyola Chicago", without a dash.
- The school brands itself as LMU, but media generally disregard this.
- While national media generally use "Massachusetts", the shortened "UMass" is in wide usage, especially in Massachusetts itself.
- National media sometimes use "Miami (Florida)" or "Miami (FL)" to distinguish it from Miami University in Ohio.
- National media usually use "Miami (Ohio)" or "Miami (OH)" to distinguish it from the University of Miami in Florida.
- National media generally use "Mississippi" in score listings and on first reference, but will frequently use "Ole Miss" on later reference. The school athletic department prefers "Ole Miss".
- After long insisting on being known by its academic brand of UMKC, the school changed its athletic branding to the commonly used Kansas City in 2019. At the same time, it changed its nickname from the traditional "Kangaroos" to the long-used short form of "Roos".
- The women's basketball team is known as the "Lady Griz", but all other women's teams use the "Grizzlies" nickname.
- The baseball team is nicknamed "Thoroughbreds" instead of "Racers".
- The school has rebranded its athletic program as "Omaha". Both its all-sports league, The Summit League, and its ice hockey league, the National Collegiate Hockey Conference, follow this usage, as does the NCAA. National media, however, still tend to use "Nebraska–Omaha".
- The men's basketball team is nicknamed "Runnin' Rebels"; the women's basketball team is "Lady Rebels"; all other teams, whether men's or women's, are simply "Rebels".
- The school brands itself as UNCG, though national sports media will refer to it was UNC Greensboro, which is not preferred by the athletic department.
- From November 9, 2011 through November 18, 2015, North Dakota had no athletic nickname. In 2011, the state's governor Jack Dalrymple signed a bill into law that allowed the school to drop its former nickname of Fighting Sioux, ending a long-standing controversy over its use. Under the law, UND was not allowed adopt a new nickname until after January 2015. On November 18, 2015, the school announced Fighting Hawks was the new nickname chosen by the students/alumni.
- The school has branded itself as UNI almost from being renamed in 1967, but media generally disregard this.
- The school brands itself with its legal name of The Ohio State University, but it was denied a trademark on "The".
- The Penn State women's basketball team is nicknamed "Lady Lions", but all other women's teams use "Nittany Lions".
- The school also widely uses its historic short form of "Pitt".
- In 2013, the school changed its athletic brand to "St. Francis Brooklyn" in an attempt to distinguish itself from other schools of that name, notably the fellow Northeast Conference member in Pennsylvania. National media usually use "St. Francis (New York)" instead.
- National media usually use "St. Francis (Pennsylvania)" to distinguish it from other schools of that name, notably the fellow Northeast Conference school of the same name in Brooklyn.
- Other schools in the U.S. have this name, but national media do not add a location identifier to it, since it is the only "St. John's" whose athletic teams compete in NCAA Division I.
- Although there are other schools with this name in the U.S., none of the others are members of NCAA Division I. Therefore, national media refer to it as "Saint Joseph's" (preferred usage) or "St. Joseph's", without a regional identifier, or just St. Joe's/Saint Joe's.
- The school has dropped "State" from its athletic branding. Although media usage is inconsistent, the NCAA now describes the school as "Sam Houston", as does its future home of the Western Athletic Conference.
- Although the school prefers to use "USC Upstate", national media often use "South Carolina Upstate".
- The school is also frequently referred to as SEMO.
- The school accepts either "Southern California" or "USC" for athletics purposes; national news media generally use "USC".
- Historically, USC women's teams were known as the "Women of Troy". The school now accepts either "Trojans" or "Women of Troy" for use with women's teams.
- Although the school prefers to use "SIUE", national media often use "SIU Edwardsvile". The NCAA now uses "SIUE".
- The school brands itself as SUU.
- The school brands itself as SFA.
- In 2017–18, Tennessee allowed women's teams to use the school's historic women's nickname of "Lady Volunteers", reversing a change it had made in 2015–16 that saw only the women's basketball team retain the "Lady" designation. Since then, Tennessee has moved toward a model similar to that used by LSU and Texas Tech, with women's teams in sports sponsored for both sexes using "Lady Volunteers" and other women's teams using "Volunteers".
- UTRGV has six campuses within its service area, but its athletic program is based from its Edinburg campus. The school inherited its athletic program from the University of Texas–Pan American, located in Edinburg and merged into UTRGV in 2013, with UTRGV beginning full operation in 2015.
- The use of "Red Raiders" or "Lady Raiders" depends on whether a given sport is sponsored for both men and women at the varsity level. In sports that are sponsored for both sexes, women's teams are known as "Lady Raiders". Sports that are sponsored only for one sex use "Red Raiders".
- The academy now uses "Army West Point" for marketing purposes, though national media simply use "Army".
- The men's basketball team is nicknamed "Runnin' Utes", and the women's gymnastics team is nicknamed "Red Rocks".
- Valparaiso retired its former nickname, Crusaders, in February 2021.
- The school's formal name is Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, but it uses "Virginia Tech" in all but the most formal contexts.
- The school prefers "Green Bay" for its athletic program, and accepts "GB". National sports media were slow to adopt this, generally using "Wisconsin-Green Bay", but the school's preferred usage has become generally accepted since 2011.
- The school officially uses "Milwaukee" for its athletic program, and accepts "UWM". As with Green Bay, national media were slow to accept this, preferring "Wisconsin–Milwaukee", but "Milwaukee" is now seeing wide media use.
- Accepted as future member by the Northeast Conference in September 2018.
- Accepted as future member by the ASUN Conference in June 2019.
- Accepted as future member by the Big West Conference in November 2017.
- Accepted as future member by the Western Athletic Conference in January 2019.
- Although the school calls itself Tarleton, and its current home of the Western Athletic Conference follows this usage, it is usually referred to by the media as Tarleton State.
- Accepted as future member by the Western Athletic Conference in September 2019.
- Accepted as future member by the Summit League in October 2019.
- List of NCAA Divisions II and III schools competing in NCAA Division I sports
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- List of NCAA Division I athletic directors
- List of NCAA Division I baseball programs
- List of NCAA Division I men's basketball programs
- List of NCAA Division I FBS football programs
- List of NCAA Division I FCS football programs
- List of NCAA Division I lacrosse programs
- List of NCAA Division I non-football programs
- List of NCAA Division I ice hockey programs
- List of NCAA Division I men's soccer programs
- List of NCAA Division I women's soccer programs
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