College esports in the United States

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College esports in the United States began around 2010 as different schools began forming esports clubs that play any of the variety of esports games in college tournaments. In 2018, there were at least 73 college varsity esports programs in NACE or other divisions like Tespa.[1]


NACE is an organization driven by colleges / universities that have and are developing varsity esport programs on campus. NACE's primary goal is to develop and grow collegiate level esports and advocate for members to create varsity programs that give the opportunity of scholarships and a dedication to a sport that may not be seen as traditional.[2]


TESPA is the self proclaimed leader in collegiate esports on campus and on the competitive stage of collegiate esports. Tespa aims to promote healthy competition and build strong connections between colleges and universities around North America. Tespa is not so much of a division, like Tespa, but more of an outlet for colleges and universities to come and compete against other schools in North America. However, Tespa only supports a few games while NACE supports all competitive games in esports. The games Tespa supports are: Overwatch, Hearthstone, and Rocket League. In regards of comparison between Tespa and NACE, Tespa sees the majority of colleges and universities across the United States and Canada, while NACE only supports a handful of them.[3]

Tespa began from a few students wanting to make a difference in the realm of collegiate esports and who wanted to seek out to make gaming a social activity at the University of Texas at Austin. Since then Tespa has grown to employ a team of over 80 students and graduates across the United States and Canada.[3]

List of teams[edit]

School Location
Albright College[4] Pennsylvania
Ashland University Ohio
Averett University Virginia
Becker College Massachusetts
Bellevue University Nebraska
Benedictine University at Mesa Arizona
Boise State University Idaho
Brescia University Kentucky
Campbellsville University Kentucky
Central Methodist University Missouri
Centralia College Washington
Cincinnati Christian University Ohio
Coker College South Carolina
College of St. Joseph Vermont
Columbia College Missouri
Culver-Stockton College Missouri
Daemen College New York
Defiance College Ohio
Dickinson State University North Dakota
DigiPen Institute of Technology Washington
ECPI University Virginia
Embry Riddle Aeronautical University Arizona
Fontbonne University Missouri
Florida Southern College Florida
Georgia Southern University Georgia
Georgia State University Georgia
Grand View University Iowa
Harrisburg University Pennsylvania
Hawkeye Community College Iowa
Illinois College Illinois
Illinois Wesleyan University Illinois
Indiana Institute of Technology Indiana
Kansas Wesleyan University Kansas
Kent State University Ohio
King University Tennessee
Lambton College Ontario
Lebanon Valley College Pennsylvania
Lees-McRae College North Carolina
Lourdes University Ohio
Maryville University Missouri
McPherson College Kansas
Menlo College California
Miami University Ohio
Midland University Nebraska
Missouri Baptist University Missouri
Morningside College Iowa
Northern Virginia Community College Virginia
Northwest Christian University Oregon
Oregon Institute of Technology Oregon
Pratt Community College Kansas
Principia College Illinois
Robert Morris University Illinois Illinois
Schreiner University Texas
St. Louis College of Pharmacy Missouri
South Dakota School of Mines & Technology South Dakota
Southwestern College Kansas
Southwest Baptist University Missouri
St. Ambrose University Iowa
St. Clair College Ontario
St. Thomas Aquinas College New York
Stephens College Missouri
Stevenson University Maryland
SUNY Canton New York
Tennessee Technological University Tennessee
University of Texas Dallas Texas
Texas Wesleyan University Texas
Tiffin University Ohio
Trine University Indiana
University of Akron Ohio
University of California-Berkeley California
University of California-Irvine California
University of Jamestown North Dakota
University of North Texas Texas
University of Pikeville Kentucky
University of Providence Montana
University of Oklahoma Oklahoma
University of South Carolina-Sumter South Carolina
University of Utah Utah
West Virginia Wesleyan College West Virginia
Western Kentucky University Kentucky


  1. ^ "List of varsity esports programs spans North America". Retrieved 2018-11-27.
  2. ^ "Home - Collegiate Esports Governing Body". NAC Esports. Retrieved 2019-04-15.
  3. ^ a b "What is Tespa? - Tespa". (in enUS). Retrieved 2019-04-15.CS1 maint: Unrecognized language (link)
  4. ^ "eSports to be added as Albright varsity sport". Albright College. October 1, 2018. Retrieved 24 March 2019.