List of NCAA Division I institutions

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This is a list of NCAA Division I institutions.

Division I Institutions[edit]

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[edit]

List of NCAA Division I institutions[1]
School Common name Team City State Type Enrollment Primary conference
Abilene Christian University Abilene Christian Wildcats Abilene Texas Private/Churches of Christ 5,315 Southland Conference[a]
University of Akron Akron Zips Akron Ohio State 16,407 Mid-American Conference
University of Alabama Alabama Crimson Tide Tuscaloosa Alabama State 33,305 Southeastern Conference
Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University Alabama A&M Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs Huntsville Alabama State 6,001 Southwestern Athletic Conference
University of Alabama at Birmingham UAB Blazers Birmingham Alabama State 22,080 Conference USA
Alabama State University Alabama State Hornets and Lady Hornets Montgomery Alabama State 7,989 Southwestern Athletic Conference
University at Albany, SUNY Albany Great Danes Albany New York State 17,743 America East Conference
Alcorn State University Alcorn State Braves and Lady Braves Lorman Mississippi State 3,523 Southwestern Athletic Conference
American University American Eagles Washington District of Columbia Private/Methodist 14,311 Patriot League
Appalachian State University Appalachian State Mountaineers Boone North Carolina State 14,311 Sun Belt Conference
University of Arizona Arizona Wildcats Tucson Arizona State 45,918 Pac-12 Conference
Arizona State University Arizona State Sun Devils Tempe Arizona State 51,585 Pac-12 Conference
University of Arkansas Arkansas Razorbacks and Razorback women[A 1] Fayetteville Arkansas State 27,778 Southeastern Conference
University of Arkansas at Little Rock Little Rock[A 2] Trojans Little Rock Arkansas State 27,778 Sun Belt Conference
University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Arkansas–Pine Bluff Golden Lions and Golden Lady Lions Pine Bluff Arkansas State 2,498 Southwestern Athletic Conference
Arkansas State University Arkansas State Red Wolves Jonesboro Arkansas State 14,074 Sun Belt Conference
Auburn University Auburn Tigers Auburn Alabama State 30,440 Southeastern Conference
Austin Peay State University Austin Peay Governors and Lady Govs Clarksville Tennessee State 9,835 Ohio Valley Conference
Ball State University Ball State Cardinals Muncie Indiana State 22,513 Mid-American Conference
Baylor University Baylor Bears and Lady Bears Waco Texas Private/Baptist 18,033 Big 12 Conference
Belmont University Belmont Bruins Nashville Tennessee Private/Christian 8,260 Ohio Valley Conference
Bethune-Cookman University Bethune–Cookman Wildcats Daytona Beach Florida Private/Methodist 3,773 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference[b]
Binghamton University Binghamton Bearcats Vestal New York State 18,147 America East Conference
Boise State University Boise State Broncos Boise Idaho State 25,540 Mountain West Conference
Boston College Boston College Eagles Chestnut Hill Massachusetts Private/Catholic 14,559 Atlantic Coast Conference
Boston University Boston University Terriers Boston Massachusetts Private/Non-sectarian 34,262 Patriot League
Bowling Green State University Bowling Green Falcons Bowling Green Ohio State 20,395 Mid-American Conference
Bradley University Bradley Braves Peoria Illinois Private/Non-Sectarian 4,636 Missouri Valley Conference
Brigham Young University BYU Cougars Provo Utah Private/Latter-Day Saints 33,633 West Coast Conference
Brown University Brown Bears Providence Rhode Island Private/Non-Sectarian 10,333 Ivy League
Bryant University Bryant Bulldogs Smithfield Rhode Island Private/Non-Sectarian 3,751 Northeast Conference
Bucknell University Bucknell Bison Lewisburg Pennsylvania Private/Non-Sectarian 3,600 Patriot League
University at Buffalo Buffalo Bulls Buffalo New York State 31,923 Mid-American Conference
Butler University Butler Bulldogs Indianapolis Indiana Private/Non-Sectarian 4,481 Big East Conference[c]
University of California, Berkeley California[A 3] Golden Bears Berkeley California State 43,204 Pac-12 Conference
University of California, Davis UC Davis Aggies Davis California State 39,152 Big West Conference[d]
University of California, Irvine UC Irvine Anteaters Irvine California State 35,220 Big West Conference
University of California, Los Angeles UCLA Bruins Los Angeles California State 45,742 Pac-12 Conference
California Polytechnic State University Cal Poly Mustangs San Luis Obispo California State 21,242 Big West Conference[d]
University of California, Riverside UC Riverside Highlanders Riverside California State 25,548 Big West Conference
University of California, Santa Barbara UC Santa Barbara Gauchos Santa Barbara California State 26,314 Big West Conference
California State University, Bakersfield Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners Bakersfield California State 11,199 Big West Conference
California State University, Fresno Fresno State Bulldogs Fresno California State 24,139 Mountain West Conference
California State University, Fullerton Cal State Fullerton Titans Fullerton California State 39,868 Big West Conference
California State University, Long Beach Long Beach State The Beach[A 4] Long Beach California State 38,074 Big West Conference
California State University, Northridge Cal State Northridge[A 5] Matadors Northridge California State 38,391 Big West Conference
California State University, Sacramento Sacramento State Hornets Sacramento California State 31,156 Big Sky Conference
Campbell University Campbell Fighting Camels and Lady Camels Buies Creek North Carolina Private/Baptist 7,121 Big South Conference
Canisius College Canisius Golden Griffins Buffalo New York Private/Catholic 3,464 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference
University of Central Arkansas Central Arkansas Bears and Sugar Bears Conway Arkansas State 11,487 Southland Conference[e]
Central Connecticut State University Central Connecticut Blue Devils New Britain Connecticut State 11,822 Northeast Conference
University of Central Florida UCF Knights Orlando Florida State 69,525 American Athletic Conference
Central Michigan University Central Michigan Chippewas Mount Pleasant Michigan State 21,705 Mid-American Conference
College of Charleston College of Charleston[A 6] Cougars Charleston South Carolina State 10,488 Colonial Athletic Association
Charleston Southern University Charleston Southern Buccaneers[A 7] North Charleston South Carolina Private/Baptist 3,724 Big South Conference
Chicago State University Chicago State Cougars Chicago Illinois State 2,964 Western Athletic Conference[f]
University of Cincinnati Cincinnati Bearcats Cincinnati Ohio State 46,388 American Athletic Conference
The Citadel The Citadel Bulldogs Charleston South Carolina State 3,693 Southern Conference
Clemson University Clemson Tigers Clemson South Carolina State 24,951 Atlantic Coast Conference
Cleveland State University Cleveland State Vikings Cleveland Ohio State 15,648 Horizon League
Coastal Carolina University Coastal Carolina Chanticleers Conway South Carolina State 10,484 Sun Belt Conference
Colgate University Colgate Raiders Hamilton New York Private/Non-sectarian 2,958 Patriot League
University of Colorado Boulder Colorado Buffaloes Boulder Colorado State 35,528 Pac-12 Conference
Colorado State University Colorado State Rams Fort Collins Colorado State 28,691 Mountain West Conference
Columbia University Columbia Lions Manhattan New York Private/Non-sectarian 33,413 Ivy League
University of Connecticut UConn Huskies Storrs Connecticut State 32,257 Big East Conference
Coppin State University Coppin State Eagles Baltimore Maryland State 2,724 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
Cornell University Cornell Big Red Ithaca New York Private/Statutory state 24,027 Ivy League
Creighton University Creighton Bluejays Omaha Nebraska Private/Catholic 8,910 Big East Conference
Dartmouth College Dartmouth Big Green Hanover New Hampshire Private/Non-sectarian 6,608 Ivy League
Davidson College Davidson Wildcats Davidson North Carolina Private/Presbyterian 1,843 Atlantic 10 Conference[c]
University of Dayton Dayton Flyers Dayton Ohio Private/Catholic 8,516 Atlantic 10 Conference[c]
University of Delaware Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens Newark Delaware Private-state hybrid 24,120 Colonial Athletic Association
Delaware State University Delaware State Hornets and Lady Hornets Dover Delaware State 4,872 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
University of Denver Denver Pioneers Denver Colorado Private/Non-sectarian 12,931 The Summit League
DePaul University DePaul Blue Demons Chicago Illinois Private/Catholic 22,437 Big East Conference
University of Detroit Mercy Detroit[A 8] Titans Detroit Michigan Private/Catholic 5,080 Horizon League
Drake University Drake Bulldogs Des Moines Iowa Private/Non-sectarian 3,164 Missouri Valley Conference[c]
Drexel University Drexel Dragons Philadelphia Pennsylvania Private/Non-sectarian 24,190 Colonial Athletic Association
Duke University Duke Blue Devils Durham North Carolina Private/Non-sectarian 15,892 Atlantic Coast Conference
Duquesne University Duquesne Dukes Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Private/Catholic 9,344 Atlantic 10 Conference[g]
East Carolina University East Carolina Pirates and Lady Pirates Greenville North Carolina State 29,131 American Athletic Conference
East Tennessee State University East Tennessee State[A 9] Buccaneers and Lady Buccaneers Johnson City Tennessee State 14,334 Southern Conference
Eastern Illinois University Eastern Illinois Panthers Charleston Illinois State 7,806 Ohio Valley Conference
Eastern Kentucky University Eastern Kentucky[A 10] Colonels Richmond Kentucky State 15,816 Ohio Valley Conference[e]
Eastern Michigan University Eastern Michigan Eagles Ypsilanti Michigan State 20,313 Mid-American Conference
Eastern Washington University Eastern Washington Eagles Cheney Washington State 12,607 Big Sky Conference
Elon University Elon Phoenix Elon North Carolina Private/Non-sectarian 6,791 Colonial Athletic Association
University of Evansville Evansville Purple Aces Evansville Indiana Private/Methodist 2,526 Missouri Valley Conference
Fairfield University Fairfield Stags Fairfield Connecticut Private/Catholic 5,192 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference
Fairleigh Dickinson University Fairleigh Dickinson Knights Hackensack New Jersey Private/Non-sectarian 8,590 Northeast Conference
University of Florida Florida Gators Gainesville Florida State 52,492 Southeastern Conference
Florida A&M University Florida A&M Rattlers and Lady Rattlers Tallahassee Florida State 10,031 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference[b]
Florida Atlantic University Florida Atlantic Owls Boca Raton Florida State 30,808 Conference USA
Florida Gulf Coast University FGCU Eagles Fort Myers Florida State 15,080 ASUN Conference
Florida International University FIU Panthers Miami Florida State 58,787 Conference USA
Florida State University Florida State Seminoles Tallahassee Florida State 41,551 Atlantic Coast Conference
Fordham University Fordham Rams Bronx New York Private/Catholic 16,037 Atlantic 10 Conference[h]
Furman University Furman Paladins and Lady Paladins Greenville South Carolina Private/Non-sectarian 2,662 Southern Conference
Gardner–Webb University Gardner–Webb Runnin' Bulldogs Boiling Springs North Carolina Private/Baptist 3,600 Big South Conference
George Mason University George Mason Patriots Fairfax Virginia State 38,255 Atlantic 10 Conference
George Washington University George Washington Colonials Washington District of Columbia Private/Non-sectarian 27,159 Atlantic 10 Conference
Georgetown University Georgetown Hoyas Washington District of Columbia Private/Catholic 19,005 Big East Conference[h]
University of Georgia Georgia Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs[A 11] Athens Georgia State 38,245 Southeastern Conference
Georgia Institute of Technology Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Atlanta Georgia State 32,718 Atlantic Coast Conference
Georgia Southern University Georgia Southern Eagles and Lady Eagles Statesboro Georgia State 26,054 Sun Belt Conference
Georgia State University Georgia State Panthers Atlanta Georgia State 52,814 Sun Belt Conference
Gonzaga University Gonzaga Bulldogs Spokane Washington Private/Catholic 7,501 West Coast Conference
Grambling State University Grambling Tigers and Lady Tigers Grambling Louisiana State 5,232 Southwestern Athletic Conference
Grand Canyon University Grand Canyon Antelopes Phoenix Arizona Private/Christian 25,000 Western Athletic Conference
Hampton University Hampton Pirates and Lady Pirates Hampton Virginia Private/Non-sectarian 4,646 Big South Conference
University of Hartford Hartford Hawks West Hartford Connecticut Private/Non-sectarian 6,792 America East Conference[i]
Harvard University Harvard Crimson Cambridge[A 12] Massachusetts Private/Non-sectarian 20,970 Ivy League
University of Hawaii at Manoa Hawaii Rainbow Warriors and Rainbow Wahine[A 13] Honolulu Hawaii State 17,710 Big West Conference[j]
High Point University High Point Panthers High Point North Carolina Private/Methodist 5,200 Big South Conference
Hofstra University Hofstra Pride Hempstead New York Private/Non-sectarian 10,871 Colonial Athletic Association
College of the Holy Cross Holy Cross Crusaders Worcester Massachusetts Private/Catholic 3,142 Patriot League
University of Houston Houston Cougars Houston Texas State 46,148 American Athletic Conference
Houston Baptist University Houston Baptist Huskies Houston Texas Private/Baptist 3,741 Southland Conference
Howard University Howard Bison and Lady Bison Washington District of Columbia Private/Non-sectarian 9,399 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
University of Idaho Idaho Vandals Moscow Idaho State 11,534 Big Sky Conference
Idaho State University Idaho State Bengals Pocatello Idaho State 12,425 Big Sky Conference
University of Illinois at Chicago UIC[A 14] Flames Chicago Illinois State 33,390 Horizon League
Illinois State University Illinois State Redbirds Normal Illinois State 20,635 Missouri Valley Conference[k]
University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign Illinois Fighting Illini UrbanaChampaign Illinois State 51,196 Big Ten Conference
University of the Incarnate Word Incarnate Word[A 15] Cardinals San Antonio Texas Private/Catholic 10,226 Southland Conference
Indiana University Indiana Hoosiers Bloomington Indiana State 43,710 Big Ten Conference
Indiana State University Indiana State Sycamores Terre Haute Indiana State 12,531 Missouri Valley Conference[k]
Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis IUPUI Jaguars Indianapolis Indiana State 30,105 Horizon League
Iona College Iona Gaels New Rochelle New York Private/Catholic 3,926 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference
University of Iowa Iowa Hawkeyes Iowa City Iowa State 32,948 Big Ten Conference
Iowa State University Iowa State Cyclones Ames Iowa State 33,391 Big 12 Conference
Jackson State University Jackson State Tigers and Lady Tigers Jackson Mississippi State 7,020 Southwestern Athletic Conference
Jacksonville University Jacksonville Dolphins Jacksonville Florida Private/Non-Sectarian 4,174 ASUN Conference
Jacksonville State University Jacksonville State Gamecocks Jacksonville Alabama State 9,021 Ohio Valley Conference[e]
James Madison University James Madison Dukes Harrisonburg Virginia State 22,667 Colonial Athletic Association
University of Kansas Kansas Jayhawks Lawrence Kansas State 28,423 Big 12 Conference
Kansas State University Kansas State Wildcats Manhattan Kansas State 21,719 Big 12 Conference
Kennesaw State University Kennesaw State Owls and Lady Owls Kennesaw Georgia State 35,420 ASUN Conference[l]
Kent State University Kent State Golden Flashes Kent Ohio State 26,804 Mid-American Conference
University of Kentucky Kentucky Wildcats Lexington Kentucky State 30,545 Southeastern Conference
La Salle University La Salle Explorers Philadelphia Pennsylvania Private/Catholic 30,545 Atlantic 10 Conference
Lafayette College Lafayette Leopards Easton Pennsylvania Private/Presbyterian 2,610 Patriot League
Lamar University Lamar Cardinals and Lady Cardinals Beaumont Texas State 15,460 Southland Conference[a]
Lehigh University Lehigh Mountain Hawks Bethlehem Pennsylvania Private/Non-Sectarian 6,849 Patriot League
Liberty University Liberty Flames and Lady Flames Lynchburg Virginia Private/Christian 45,935 ASUN Conference[m]
Lipscomb University Lipscomb Bisons and Lady Bisons Nashville Tennessee Private/Churches of Christ 4,632 ASUN Conference
Long Island University LIU[A 16] Sharks Brooklyn New York Private/Non-Sectarian 15,197 Northeast Conference
Longwood University Longwood Lancers Farmville Virginia State 5,096 Big South Conference
University of Louisiana at Lafayette Louisiana[A 17] Ragin' Cajuns Lafayette Louisiana State 16,934 Sun Belt Conference
University of Louisiana at Monroe Louisiana–Monroe Warhawks Monroe Louisiana State 8,854 Sun Belt Conference
Louisiana State University LSU Tigers and Lady Tigers[A 18] Baton Rouge Louisiana State 25,920 Southeastern Conference
Louisiana Tech University Louisiana Tech Bulldogs and Lady Techsters Ruston Louisiana State 11,957 Conference USA
University of Louisville Louisville Cardinals Louisville Kentucky State 21,430 Atlantic Coast Conference
Loyola University Chicago Loyola Chicago[A 19] Ramblers Chicago Illinois Private/Catholic 17,159 Missouri Valley Conference
Loyola University Maryland Loyola (MD) Greyhounds Baltimore Maryland Private/Catholic 6,050 Patriot League
Loyola Marymount University Loyola Marymount[A 20] Lions Los Angeles California Private/Catholic 9,695 West Coast Conference
University of Maine Maine Black Bears Orono Maine State 11,561 America East Conference
Manhattan College Manhattan Jaspers and Lady Jaspers Riverdale New York Private/Catholic 3,195 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference
Marist College Marist Red Foxes Poughkeepsie New York Private/Catholic 6,657 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference[c]
Marquette University Marquette Golden Eagles Milwaukee Wisconsin Private/Catholic 11,800 Big East Conference
Marshall University Marshall Thundering Herd Huntington West Virginia State 13,204 Conference USA
University of Maryland, Baltimore County UMBC Retrievers Catonsville Maryland State 13,602 America East Conference
University of Maryland, College Park Maryland Terrapins College Park Maryland State 41,200 Big Ten Conference
University of Maryland Eastern Shore Maryland Eastern Shore Hawks and Lady Hawks Princess Anne Maryland State 2,333 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
University of Massachusetts Amherst UMass[A 21] Minutemen and Minutewomen Amherst Massachusetts State 30,593 Atlantic 10 Conference[n]
University of Massachusetts Lowell UMass Lowell River Hawks Lowell Massachusetts State 18,338 America East Conference
McNeese State University McNeese State Cowboys and Cowgirls Lake Charles Louisiana State 7,626 Southland Conference
University of Memphis Memphis Tigers Memphis Tennessee State 22,044 American Athletic Conference
Mercer University Mercer Bears Macon Georgia Private/Non-Sectarian 8,677 Southern Conference
University of Miami Miami (FL)[A 22] Hurricanes Coral Gables Florida Private/Non-Sectarian 17,811 Atlantic Coast Conference
Miami University Miami (OH)[A 23] Redhawks Oxford Ohio State 19,752 Mid-American Conference
University of Michigan Michigan Wolverines Ann Arbor Michigan State 46,002 Big Ten Conference
Michigan State University Michigan State Spartans East Lansing Michigan State 49,809 Big Ten Conference
Middle Tennessee State University Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders Murfreesboro Tennessee State 21,913 Conference USA
University of Minnesota Minnesota Golden Gophers Minneapolis–Saint Paul Minnesota State 49,148 Big Ten Conference
University of Mississippi Ole Miss[A 24] Rebels Oxford Mississippi State 23,258 Southeastern Conference
Mississippi State University Mississippi State Bulldogs Starkville Mississippi State 22,226 Southeastern Conference
Mississippi Valley State University Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils and Devilettes Itta Bena Mississippi State 2,406 Southwestern Athletic Conference
University of Missouri Missouri Tigers Columbia Missouri State 30,046 Southeastern Conference
University of Missouri–Kansas City Kansas City[A 25] Roos Kansas City Missouri State 16,944 The Summit League
Missouri State University Missouri State Bears and Lady Bears Springfield Missouri State 23,450 Missouri Valley Conference[k]
Monmouth University Monmouth Hawks West Long Branch New Jersey Private/Non-Sectarian 6,167 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference[o]
University of Montana Montana Grizzlies[A 26] Missoula Montana State 10,962 Big Sky Conference
Montana State University Montana State Bobcats Bozeman Montana State 16,766 Big Sky Conference
Morehead State University Morehead State Eagles Morehead Kentucky State 9,660 Ohio Valley Conference[c]
Morgan State University Morgan State Bears and Lady Bears Baltimore Maryland State 7,698 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
Mount St. Mary's University Mount St. Mary's Mountaineers Emmitsburg Maryland Private/Catholic 2,240 Northeast Conference
Murray State University Murray State Racers[A 27] Murray Kentucky State 9,466 Ohio Valley Conference
University of Nebraska–Lincoln Nebraska Cornhuskers Lincoln Nebraska State 25,820 Big Ten Conference
University of Nebraska Omaha Omaha[A 28] Mavericks Omaha Nebraska State 15,526 The Summit League
University of Nevada, Las Vegas UNLV Rebels[A 29] Paradise Nevada State 31,171 Mountain West Conference
University of Nevada, Reno Nevada Wolf Pack Reno Nevada State 21,657 Mountain West Conference
University of New Hampshire New Hampshire Wildcats Durham New Hampshire State 14,784 America East Conference
New Jersey Institute of Technology NJIT Highlanders Newark New Jersey State 11,518 America East Conference
University of New Mexico New Mexico Lobos Albuquerque New Mexico State 26,278 Mountain West Conference
New Mexico State University New Mexico State Aggies Las Cruces New Mexico State 24,041 Western Athletic Conference[p]
University of New Orleans New Orleans Privateers New Orleans Louisiana State 7,976 Southland Conference
Niagara University Niagara Purple Eagles Lewiston New York Private/Catholic 3,763 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference
Nicholls State University Nicholls Colonels Thibodaux Louisiana State 6,366 Southland Conference
Norfolk State University Norfolk State Spartans Norfolk Virginia State 5,616 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University North Carolina A&T Aggies Greensboro North Carolina State 12,142 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference[q]
University of North Carolina at Asheville UNC Asheville Bulldogs Asheville North Carolina State 3,765 Big South Conference
North Carolina Central University North Carolina Central Eagles Durham North Carolina State 8,207 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill North Carolina Tar Heels Chapel Hill North Carolina State 30,011 Atlantic Coast Conference
University of North Carolina at Charlotte Charlotte 49ers Charlotte North Carolina State 29,710 Conference USA
University of North Carolina at Greensboro UNC Greensboro[A 30] Spartans Greensboro North Carolina State 20,106 Southern Conference
North Carolina State University NC State Wolfpack Raleigh North Carolina State 35,479 Atlantic Coast Conference
University of North Carolina at Wilmington UNC Wilmington Seahawks Wilmington North Carolina State 16,747 Colonial Athletic Association
University of North Dakota North Dakota Fighting Hawks[A 31] Grand Forks North Dakota State 13,581 The Summit League[r]
North Dakota State University North Dakota State Bison Fargo North Dakota State 13,173 The Summit League[k]
University of North Florida North Florida Ospreys and Lady Ospreys Jacksonville Florida State 17,002 ASUN Conference
University of North Texas North Texas Mean Green Denton Texas State 39,193 Conference USA
Northeastern University Northeastern Huskies Boston Massachusetts Private/Non-Sectarian 27,391 Colonial Athletic Association
Northern Arizona University Northern Arizona Lumberjacks Flagstaff Arizona State 30,736 Big Sky Conference
University of Northern Colorado Northern Colorado Bears Greeley Colorado State 12,084 Big Sky Conference
Northern Illinois University Northern Illinois Huskies DeKalb Illinois State 20,015 Mid-American Conference
University of Northern Iowa Northern Iowa[A 32] Panthers Cedar Falls Iowa State 10,497 Missouri Valley Conference[k]
Northern Kentucky University Northern Kentucky Norse Highland Heights Kentucky State 14,566 Horizon League
Northwestern University Northwestern Wildcats Evanston Illinois Private/Non-Sectarian 21,946 Big Ten Conference
Northwestern State University Northwestern State Demons and Lady Demons Natchitoches Louisiana State 11,081 Southland Conference
University of Notre Dame Notre Dame Fighting Irish South Bend Indiana Private/Catholic 12,614 Atlantic Coast Conference[s]
Oakland University Oakland Golden Grizzlies Rochester Michigan State 20,012 Horizon League
Ohio University Ohio Bobcats Athens Ohio State 33,044 Mid-American Conference
The Ohio State University Ohio State[A 33] Buckeyes Columbus Ohio State 61,391 Big Ten Conference
University of Oklahoma Oklahoma Sooners Norman Oklahoma State 28,564 Big 12 Conference
Oklahoma State University–Stillwater Oklahoma State Cowboys and Cowgirls Stillwater Oklahoma State 24,041 Big 12 Conference
Old Dominion University Old Dominion Monarchs and Lady Monarchs Norfolk Virginia State 25,000 Conference USA
Oral Roberts University Oral Roberts Golden Eagles Tulsa Oklahoma Private/Christian 4,000 The Summit League
University of Oregon Oregon Ducks Eugene Oregon State 22,615 Pac-12 Conference
Oregon State University Oregon State Beavers Corvallis Oregon State 31,719 Pac-12 Conference
University of the Pacific Pacific Tigers Stockton California Private/Methodist 6,447 West Coast Conference
University of Pennsylvania Penn Quakers Philadelphia Pennsylvania Private/Non-Sectarian 22,432 Ivy League
Pennsylvania State University Penn State Nittany Lions[A 34] State College Pennsylvania State-related 46,723 Big Ten Conference
Pepperdine University Pepperdine Waves Malibu California Private/Churches of Christ 7,961 West Coast Conference
University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh[A 35] Panthers Pittsburgh Pennsylvania State-related 28,391 Atlantic Coast Conference
University of Portland Portland Pilots Portland Oregon Private/Catholic 4,205 West Coast Conference
Portland State University Portland State Vikings Portland Oregon State 26,012 Big Sky Conference
Prairie View A&M University Prairie View A&M Panthers and Lady Panthers Prairie View Texas State 8,940 Southwestern Athletic Conference
Presbyterian College Presbyterian Blue Hose Clinton South Carolina Private/Presbyterian 1,172 Big South Conference[t]
Princeton University Princeton Tigers Princeton New Jersey Private/Non-Sectarian 8,374 Ivy League
Providence College Providence Friars Providence Rhode Island Private/Catholic 4,890 Big East Conference
Purdue University Purdue Boilermakers West Lafayette Indiana State 43,411 Big Ten Conference
Purdue University Fort Wayne Purdue Fort Wayne Mastodons Fort Wayne Indiana State 10,208 Horizon League
Quinnipiac University Quinnipiac Bobcats Hamden Connecticut Private/Non-Sectarian 10,207 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference
Radford University Radford Highlanders Radford Virginia State 9,410 Big South Conference
University of Rhode Island Rhode Island Rams Kingston Rhode Island State 17,064 Atlantic 10 Conference
Rice University Rice Owls Houston Texas Private/Non-Sectarian 7,124 Conference USA
University of Richmond Richmond Spiders Richmond Virginia Private/Non-Sectarian 4,002 Atlantic 10 Conference
Rider University Rider Broncs Lawrenceville New Jersey Private/Non-Sectarian 4,825 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference
Robert Morris University Robert Morris Colonials Moon Township Pennsylvania Private/Non-Sectarian 4,005 Horizon League[o]
Rutgers University Rutgers Scarlet Knights New Brunswick New Jersey State-private hybrid 50,254 Big Ten Conference
Sacred Heart University Sacred Heart Pioneers Fairfield Connecticut Private/Catholic 5,428 Northeast Conference
St. Bonaventure University St. Bonaventure Bonnies St. Bonaventure New York Private/Catholic 1,850 Atlantic 10 Conference
St. Francis College St. Francis Brooklyn[A 36] Terriers Brooklyn New York Private/Catholic 2,413 Northeast Conference
Saint Francis University Saint Francis (PA)[A 37] Red Flash Loretto Pennsylvania Private/Catholic 1,658 Northeast Conference
St. John's University St. John's[A 38] Red Storm Jamaica New York Private/Catholic 21,087 Big East Conference
Saint Joseph's University Saint Joseph's[A 39] Hawks Philadelphia Pennsylvania Private/Catholic 8,086 Atlantic 10 Conference
Saint Louis University Saint Louis Billikens St. Louis Missouri Private/Catholic 12,649 Atlantic 10 Conference
Saint Mary's College of California Saint Mary's Gaels Moraga California Private/Catholic 3,761 West Coast Conference
Saint Peter's University Saint Peter's Peacocks and Peahens Jersey City New Jersey Private/Catholic 3,553 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference
Sam Houston State University Sam Houston[A 40] Bearkats Huntsville Texas State 21,213 Southland Conference[a]
Samford University Samford Bulldogs Homewood Alabama Private/Baptist 5,692 Southern Conference
University of San Diego San Diego Toreros San Diego California Private/Catholic 5,741 West Coast Conference[c]
San Diego State University San Diego State Aztecs San Diego California State 35,081 Mountain West Conference
University of San Francisco San Francisco Dons San Francisco California Private/Catholic 10,636 West Coast Conference
San Jose State University San Jose State Spartans San Jose California State 33,282 Mountain West Conference
Santa Clara University Santa Clara Broncos Santa Clara California Private/Catholic 9,015 West Coast Conference
Seattle University Seattle Redhawks Seattle Washington Private/Catholic 7,291 Western Athletic Conference
Seton Hall University Seton Hall Pirates South Orange New Jersey Private/Catholic 6,000 Big East Conference
Siena College Siena Saints Loudonville New York Private/Catholic 3,214 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference
University of South Alabama South Alabama Jaguars Mobile Alabama State 15,093 Sun Belt Conference
University of South Carolina South Carolina Gamecocks Columbia South Carolina State 35,364 Southeastern Conference
South Carolina State University South Carolina State Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs Orangeburg South Carolina State 2,905 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
University of South Carolina Upstate USC Upstate[A 41] Spartans Spartanburg South Carolina State 5,996 Big South Conference
University of South Dakota South Dakota Coyotes Vermillion South Dakota State 9,971 The Summit League[k]
South Dakota State University South Dakota State Jackrabbits Brookings South Dakota State 12,613 The Summit League[k]
University of South Florida South Florida Bulls Tampa Florida State 50,755 American Athletic Conference
Southeast Missouri State University Southeast Missouri[A 42] Redhawks Cape Girardeau Missouri State 10,603 Ohio Valley Conference
Southeastern Louisiana University Southeastern Louisiana Lions and Lady Lions Hammond Louisiana State 14,298 Southland Conference
Southern University Southern Jaguars and Lady Jaguars Baton Rouge Louisiana State 7,091 Southwestern Athletic Conference
University of Southern California USC[A 43] Trojans[A 44] Los Angeles California Private/Non-Sectarian 48,321 Pac-12 Conference
Southern Illinois University Carbondale Southern Illinois Salukis Carbondale Illinois State 11,695 Missouri Valley Conference[k]
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville SIU Edwardsville[A 45] Cougars Edwardsville Illinois State 14,142 Ohio Valley Conference
Southern Methodist University SMU Mustangs University Park Texas Private/Methodist 11,824 American Athletic Conference
University of Southern Mississippi Southern Miss Golden Eagles and Lady Eagles Hattiesburg Mississippi State 14,133 Conference USA
Southern Utah University Southern Utah[A 46] Thunderbirds Cedar City Utah State 11,224 Big Sky Conference[u]
Stanford University Stanford Cardinal Palo Alto California Private/Non-Sectarian 17,249 Pac-12 Conference
Stephen F. Austin State University Stephen F. Austin[A 47] Lumberjacks and Ladyjacks Nacogdoches Texas State 13,144 Southland Conference[a]
Stetson University Stetson Hatters DeLand Florida Private/Non-Sectarian 4,330 ASUN Conference[c]
Stony Brook University Stony Brook Seawolves Stony Brook New York State 26,814 America East Conference
Syracuse University Syracuse Orange Syracuse New York Private/Non-Sectarian 22,850 Atlantic Coast Conference
Temple University Temple Owls Philadelphia Pennsylvania State-related 39,088 American Athletic Conference
University of Tennessee Tennessee Volunteers and Lady Vols[A 48] Knoxville Tennessee State 28,894 Southeastern Conference
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Chattanooga Mocs Chattanooga Tennessee State 10,239 Southern Conference
University of Tennessee at Martin UT Martin Skyhawks Martin Tennessee State 6,705 Ohio Valley Conference
Tennessee State University Tennessee State Tigers and Lady Tigers Nashville Tennessee State 7,774 Ohio Valley Conference
Tennessee Technological University Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles Cookeville Tennessee State 10,504 Ohio Valley Conference
Texas A&M University Texas A&M Aggies College Station Texas State 69,465 Southeastern Conference
Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi Texas A&M–Corpus Christi Islanders Corpus Christi Texas State 11,929 Southland Conference
University of Texas at Arlington UT Arlington Mavericks Arlington Texas State 43,863 Sun Belt Conference
University of Texas at Austin Texas Longhorns Austin Texas State 51,832 Big 12 Conference
Texas Christian University TCU Horned Frogs and Lady Frogs Fort Worth Texas Private/Disciples of Christ 10,394 Big 12 Conference
University of Texas at El Paso UTEP Miners El Paso Texas State 25,151 Conference USA
University of Texas Rio Grande Valley UTRGV Vaqueros Edinburg[A 49] Texas State 29,619 Western Athletic Conference
University of Texas at San Antonio UTSA Roadrunners San Antonio Texas State 32,594 Conference USA
Texas Southern University Texas Southern Tigers and Lady Tigers Houston Texas State 10,237 Southwestern Athletic Conference
Texas State University Texas State Bobcats San Marcos Texas State 38,231 Sun Belt Conference
Texas Tech University Texas Tech Red Raiders[A 50] Lubbock Texas State 38,209 Big 12 Conference
University of Toledo Toledo Rockets Toledo Ohio State 19,782 Mid-American Conference
Towson University Towson Tigers Towson Maryland State 22,285 Colonial Athletic Association
Troy University Troy Trojans Troy Alabama State 18,086 Sun Belt Conference
Tulane University Tulane Green Wave New Orleans Louisiana Private/Non-Sectarian 14,062 American Athletic Conference
University of Tulsa Tulsa Golden Hurricane Tulsa Oklahoma Private/Presbyterian 4,352 American Athletic Conference
United States Air Force Academy Air Force Falcons Colorado Springs Colorado Federal academy 4,237 Mountain West Conference
United States Military Academy Army[A 51] Black Knights West Point New York Federal academy 4,294 Patriot League[v]
United States Naval Academy Navy Midshipmen Annapolis Maryland Federal academy 4,576 Patriot League[w]
University of Utah Utah Utes[A 52] Salt Lake City Utah State 32,818 Pac-12 Conference
Utah State University Utah State Aggies Logan Utah State 27,810 Mountain West Conference
Utah Valley University Utah Valley Wolverines Orem Utah State 41,728 Western Athletic Conference
Valparaiso University Valpo New name to be chosen[A 53] Valparaiso Indiana Private/Lutheran 4,500 Missouri Valley Conference[c]
Vanderbilt University Vanderbilt Commodores Nashville Tennessee Private/Non-Sectarian 13,131 Southeastern Conference
University of Vermont Vermont Catamounts Burlington Vermont State 10,700 America East Conference
Villanova University Villanova Wildcats Radnor Township Pennsylvania Private/Catholic 10,842 Big East Conference
University of Virginia Virginia Cavaliers Charlottesville Virginia State 24,639 Atlantic Coast Conference
Virginia Commonwealth University VCU Rams Richmond Virginia State 31,242 Atlantic 10 Conference
Virginia Military Institute VMI Keydets Lexington Virginia State 1,685 Southern Conference
Virginia Tech[A 54] Virginia Tech Hokies Blacksburg Virginia State 33,403 Atlantic Coast Conference
Wagner College Wagner Seahawks Staten Island New York Private/Lutheran 2,200 Northeast Conference
Wake Forest University Wake Forest Demon Deacons Winston-Salem North Carolina Private/Non-Sectarian 8,495 Atlantic Coast Conference
University of Washington Washington Huskies Seattle Washington State 47,571 Pac-12 Conference
Washington State University Washington State Cougars Pullman Washington State 20,286 Pac-12 Conference
Weber State University Weber State Wildcats Ogden Utah State 26,681 Big Sky Conference
West Virginia University West Virginia Mountaineers Morgantown West Virginia State 21,155 Big 12 Conference
Western Carolina University Western Carolina Catamounts Cullowhee North Carolina State 12,167 Southern Conference
Western Illinois University Western Illinois Leathernecks Macomb Illinois State 5,880 The Summit League[k]
Western Kentucky University Western Kentucky Hilltoppers and Lady Toppers Bowling Green Kentucky State 20,277 Conference USA
Western Michigan University Western Michigan Broncos Kalamazoo Michigan State 21,470 Mid-American Conference
Wichita State University Wichita State Shockers Wichita Kansas State 16,058 American Athletic Conference
College of William & Mary William & Mary Tribe Williamsburg Virginia State 8,817 Colonial Athletic Association
Winthrop University Winthrop Eagles Rock Hill South Carolina State 6,073 Big South Conference
University of Wisconsin–Green Bay Green Bay[A 55] Phoenix Green Bay Wisconsin State 8,443 Horizon League
University of Wisconsin–Madison Wisconsin Badgers Madison Wisconsin State 44,413 Big Ten Conference
University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee Milwaukee[A 56] Panthers Milwaukee Wisconsin State 26,037 Horizon League
Wofford College Wofford Terriers Spartanburg South Carolina Private/Methodist 1,720 Southern Conference
Wright State University Wright State Raiders Fairborn Ohio State 12,423 Horizon League
University of Wyoming Wyoming Cowboys and Cowgirls Laramie Wyoming State 12,450 Mountain West Conference
Xavier University Xavier Musketeers Cincinnati Ohio Private/Catholic 7,127 Big East Conference
Yale University Yale Bulldogs New Haven Connecticut Private/Non-Sectarian 13,609 Ivy League
Youngstown State University Youngstown State Penguins Youngstown Ohio State 12,155 Horizon League[k]
  1. ^ a b c d Primary affiliation changing to the Western Athletic Conference in July 2021.
  2. ^ a b Bethune–Cookman and Florida A&M join the Southwestern Athletic Conference in July 2021.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i The football team plays in the Pioneer Football League.
  4. ^ a b The football team plays in the Big Sky Conference.
  5. ^ a b c 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.
  6. ^ Chicago State has announced it will leave the WAC in July 2022. It has yet to announce a future conference affiliation.
  7. ^ Duquesne football plays in the Northeast Conference.
  8. ^ a b The football team plays in the Patriot League.
  9. ^ 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.[2]
  10. ^ Hawaii football plays in the Mountain West Conference.
  11. ^ a b c d e f g h i j The football team plays in the Missouri Valley Football Conference.
  12. ^ 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.
  13. ^ Liberty football currently plays as an FBS independent.
  14. ^ UMass football plays as an FBS independent.
  15. ^ a b The football team plays in the Big South Conference.
  16. ^ New Mexico State football currently plays as an FBS independent.
  17. ^ Primary affiliation changing to the Big South Conference in July 2021.
  18. ^ North Dakota football competed as an FCS independent in 2018 and 2019 before joining the Missouri Valley Football Conference in 2020.
  19. ^ 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.
  20. ^ 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.
  21. ^ Primary affiliation changing to the Western Athletic Conference in July 2022.
  22. ^ Army football plays as an FBS independent.
  23. ^ Navy football plays in the American Athletic Conference.

Transitional schools[edit]

List of NCAA Division II & III institutions in transition to Division I
School Common name Team City State Type Enrollment Conference Began transition Full membership
California Baptist University Cal Baptist Lancers Riverside California Private/Southern Baptist 11,045 Western Athletic Conference July 2018 July 2022[5]
University of North Alabama North Alabama Lions Florence Alabama State 8,046 ASUN Conference[a] July 2018 July 2022[6]
Merrimack College Merrimack Warriors North Andover Massachusetts Private/Catholic 3,653 Northeast Conference[A 57] July 2019 July 2023[7]
Bellarmine University Bellarmine Knights Louisville Kentucky Private/Catholic 3,973 ASUN Conference[A 58] July 2020 July 2024[8]
University of California San Diego UC San Diego Tritons San Diego California State 38,736 Big West Conference[A 59] July 2020 July 2024[9]
Dixie State University Dixie State Trailblazers St. George Utah State 11,193 Western Athletic Conference[A 60][b] July 2020 July 2024[10]
Tarleton State University Tarleton[A 61] Texans Stephenville Texas State 13,226 Western Athletic Conference[A 62][b] July 2020 July 2024[11]
University of St. Thomas St. Thomas Tommies St. Paul Minnesota Private/Catholic 9,878 Summit League[A 63] July 2021 July 2026[12][c]
  1. ^ North Alabama football competes in the Big South Conference until the ASUN Conference establishes an FCS football league in 2022 or later.
  2. ^ a b 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.
  3. ^ St. Thomas's unique move directly from Division III to Division I was granted by NCAA on July 15, 2020.[13]
List of NCAA Division II institutions considering upward transition
School Common name Team City State Type Enrollment Future conference Making transition Full membership
Tentative moves
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.[14]
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.[15][16]
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.[15][16]


  1. ^ 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.
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ Charleston Southern's women's golf team is known as the Lady Bucs
  8. ^ Although the school brands itself as Detroit Mercy, it is still usually referred to as Detroit.
  9. ^ The school has long branded itself as ETSU, but media usage is inconsistent.
  10. ^ The school has long branded itself as EKU, but media usage is inconsistent.
  11. ^ The women's gymnastics team is known as "Gym Dogs".
  12. ^ Most of the university is in Cambridge, but some academic buildings and almost all athletic facilities, including the football stadium, lie in Boston.
  13. ^ 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".
  14. ^ Although UIC is the school's preferred athletic name, national sports media generally use "Illinois-Chicago" in score listings and on first reference.
  15. ^ The school brands itself as UIW, but media usage is inconsistent, largely because the school is relatively new to Division I.
  16. ^ 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.
  17. ^ The school brands its athletic program solely as "Louisiana", with no city identifier, but it is still usually referred to as Louisiana–Lafayette.
  18. ^ 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".
  19. ^ 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.
  20. ^ The school brands itself as LMU, but media generally disregard this.
  21. ^ While national media generally use "Massachusetts", the shortened "UMass" is in wide usage, especially in Massachusetts itself.
  22. ^ National media sometimes use "Miami (Florida)" or "Miami (FL)" to distinguish it from Miami University in Ohio.
  23. ^ National media usually use "Miami (Ohio)" or "Miami (OH)" to distinguish it from the University of Miami in Florida.
  24. ^ 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".
  25. ^ 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".
  26. ^ The women's basketball team is known as the "Lady Griz", but all other women's teams use the "Grizzlies" nickname.
  27. ^ The baseball team is nicknamed "Thoroughbreds" instead of "Racers".
  28. ^ 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".
  29. ^ 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".
  30. ^ 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.
  31. ^ 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.[3] On November 18, 2015, the school announced Fighting Hawks was the new nickname chosen by the students/alumni.[4]
  32. ^ The school has branded itself as UNI almost from being renamed in 1967, but media generally disregard this.
  33. ^ The school brands itself with its legal name of The Ohio State University, but it was denied a trademark on "The".
  34. ^ The Penn State women's basketball team is nicknamed "Lady Lions", but all other women's teams use "Nittany Lions".
  35. ^ The school also widely uses its historic short form of "Pitt".
  36. ^ 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.
  37. ^ 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.
  38. ^ 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.
  39. ^ 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.
  40. ^ 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.
  41. ^ Although the school prefers to use "USC Upstate", national media often use "South Carolina Upstate".
  42. ^ The school is also frequently referred to as SEMO.
  43. ^ The school accepts either "Southern California" or "USC" for athletics purposes; national news media generally use "USC".
  44. ^ 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.
  45. ^ Although the school prefers to use "SIUE", national media often use "SIU Edwardsvile". The NCAA now uses "SIUE".
  46. ^ The school brands itself as SUU.
  47. ^ The school brands itself as SFA.
  48. ^ 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".
  49. ^ 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.
  50. ^ 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".
  51. ^ The academy now uses "Army West Point" for marketing purposes, though national media simply use "Army".
  52. ^ The men's basketball team is nicknamed "Runnin' Utes", and the women's gymnastics team is nicknamed "Red Rocks".
  53. ^ Valparaiso retired its former nickname, Crusaders, in February 2021.
  54. ^ The school's formal name is Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, but it uses "Virginia Tech" in all but the most formal contexts.
  55. ^ 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.
  56. ^ 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.
  57. ^ Accepted as future member by the Northeast Conference in September 2018.
  58. ^ Accepted as future member by the ASUN Conference in June 2019.
  59. ^ Accepted as future member by the Big West Conference in November 2017.
  60. ^ Accepted as future member by the Western Athletic Conference in January 2019.
  61. ^ 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.
  62. ^ Accepted as future member by the Western Athletic Conference in September 2019.
  63. ^ Accepted as future member by the Summit League in October 2019.

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  3. ^ "Governor signs Fighting Sioux name bill". Associated Press. November 9, 2011. Retrieved November 9, 2011.
  4. ^ "Fighting Hawks selected as new nickname for the University of North Dakota". North Dakota Fighting Hawks. November 18, 2015. Retrieved November 25, 2015.
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  13. ^ "St. Thomas can go D1; Minn. school was ousted from D3 league". MPR News. Minnesota Public Radio. Associated Press. July 16, 2020. Retrieved July 17, 2020.
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  15. ^ a b Rashad, Kenn (May 10, 2021). "Kentucky State, Virginia State considering move up to Division I to join MEAC". HBCU Sports. Retrieved May 13, 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
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