List of NCAA Division I institutions
This is a list of NCAA Division I institutions.
Division I Institutions
There are currently 353 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
- The football team plays in the Pioneer Football League.
- The football team plays in the Big Sky Conference.
- Primary affiliation changing to the Big West Conference in 2020.
- Duquesne football plays in the Northeast Conference.
- The football team plays in the Patriot League.
- Hampton football will play as an FCS independent in 2018 before joining the Big South in 2019.
- Hawaii football plays in the Mountain West Conference.
- The football team plays in the Missouri Valley Football Conference.
- The football team plays in the Big South Conference.
- Liberty football currently plays as an FBS independent.
- UMass football plays as an FBS independent.
- New Mexico State football currently plays as an FBS independent.
- North Dakota football is competing 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 will leave the Big South after the 2019 season, spending a transitional season as an FCS independent before joining the Pioneer Football League in 2021. It will remain a full non-football Big South member.
- Purdue Fort Wayne was established on July 1, 2018 with the split of Division I member Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) into separate institutions affiliated with Indiana University and Purdue University. The IPFW athletic program transferred completely to Purdue Fort Wayne, inheriting IPFW's memberships in Division I and The Summit League, and rebranded as the Purdue Fort Wayne Mastodons.
- Army football plays as an FBS independent.
- Navy football plays in the American Athletic Conference.
|School||Common Name||Team||City||State||Type||Conference||Began Transition||Full Membership|
|California Baptist University||Cal Baptist||Lancers||Riverside||California||Private/Southern Baptist||Western Athletic Conference||July 2018||July 2022|
|University of North Alabama||North Alabama||Lions||Florence||Alabama||State||Atlantic Sun Conference[a]||July 2018||July 2022|
|Merrimack College||Merrimack||Warriors||North Andover||Massachusetts||Private/Catholic||Northeast Conference[A 55]||July 2019||July 2023|
- North Alabama football is playing the 2018 season as an FCS independent before joining the Big South Conference in 2019.
|School||Common Name||Team||City||State||Type||Future Conference||Making Transition||Full Membership|
|Bellarmine University||Bellermine||Knights||Louisville||Kentucky||Private/Catholic||Atlantic Sun Conference[A 56]||From DII to DI||July 2024|
|University of California San Diego||UC San Diego||Tritons||San Diego||California||State||Big West Conference[A 57]||From DII to DI||July 2024|
|Dixie State University||Dixie State||Trailblazers||St. George||Utah||State||Western Athletic Conference[A 58]||From DII to DI||July 2024|
|Tarleton State University||Tarleton[A 59]||Texans||Stephenville||Texas||State||Western Athletic Conference[A 60]||From DII to DI||July 2024|
|Tentative (but probable) moves|
|University of St. Thomas||St. Thomas||Tommies||St. Paul||Minnesota||Private/Catholic||Summit League[A 61]||From DIII to DI||July 2025–Pending approval of NCAA to move directly from Division III to Division I.|
|Augustana University||Augustana||Vikings||Sioux Falls||South Dakota||Private/Lutheran||TBD (Summit League most likely)||From DII to DI||TBD – Augustana announced its intent to move to DI 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 DI conference by December, 2020.
- 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 Long Beach State 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 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 still new to Division I.
- The school was known as LIU-Brooklyn in Division I and LIU-Post in Division II before merging its two athletic programs in 2019.
- 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", "Loyola (Chicago)", or "Loyola (Illinois)" to distinguish this school from others with the Loyola name. The NCAA now uses "Loyola–Chicago".
- The school brands itself as LMU, but the media generally disregards 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 as UMKC, the school changed its branding to the commonly used Kansas City in 2019.
- 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 disregards this.
- The school brands itself as "The" Ohio State University, but it was denied a copyright 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.
- 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".
- 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 Atlantic Sun 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, 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.
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- "Division I Members". National Collegiate Athletic Association. Retrieved August 26, 2012.
- "Governor signs Fighting Sioux name bill". ESPN.com. Associated Press. November 9, 2011. Retrieved November 9, 2011.
- "Fighting Hawks selected as new nickname for the University of North Dakota". North Dakota Fighting Hawks. November 18, 2015. Retrieved November 25, 2015.
- "Purdue Fort Wayne Branding Released" (Press release). Purdue University Fort Wayne. June 18, 2018. Retrieved June 21, 2018.
- "Cal Baptist moving to NCAA Division I". The Press-Enterprise & Digital First Media. January 13, 2017. Retrieved January 21, 2017.
- "UNA to move to Division 1, join ASUN". DecaturDaily.com. December 7, 2016. Retrieved January 22, 2017.
- "Merrimack Accepts Invitation to Join Northeast Conference". Northeast Conference/sidearmsports.com. September 10, 2018. Retrieved 13 September 2018.
- "DONE D-1 DEAL". wdrb.com. 17 June 2019. Retrieved 18 June 2019.
- "Cal State Bakersfield, UC San Diego to join Big West Conference". Orange County Register. November 27, 2017. Retrieved December 26, 2017.
- "Dixie State to move up to Division I, join Western Athletic Conference in 2020-21". Deseret News. January 11, 2019. Retrieved January 12, 2019.
- "Stephenville's Tarleton State accepts invite to Division I, will join Western Athletic Conference". Dallas Morning News. September 30, 2019. Retrieved October 24, 2019.
- "St. Thomas announces intentions to go Division I after getting removed from MIAC". Star Tribune. October 4, 2019. Retrieved 24 October 2019.
- "Augustana University approves plans to pursue Division I". Sioux Falls Argus Leader. December 14, 2018. Retrieved 4 December 2019.