List of NCAA Divisions II & III schools competing in NCAA Division I sports

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The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) is divided into three divisions: Division I, Division II and Division III. The main reason for Division II and Division III schools to compete in Division I is that certain sports have either only a single division or only Divisions I and III. As a result of this, there are some DII and III conferences with a conference championship in a sport that has only one or two NCAA divisions (i.e. bowling, men's volleyball).

Some schools, however, have opted to compete in a sport at a higher level and are allowed to do so by the NCAA under certain circumstances. First, schools in Divisions II and III are allowed to classify one men's sport and one women's sport as Division I (except for football and basketball), provided that they were sponsoring said sports at Division I level prior to 2011. In addition to this, a lower-division school may compete as a Division I member in a given sport if the NCAA does not sponsor a championship in that sport for the school's own division. Division II schools may award scholarships and operate under Division I rules in their Division I sports. Division III schools cannot award scholarships in their Division I sports (except as noted below), but can operate under most Division I rules in those sports.

While many of the lower division schools playing with the "big schools" are frequently heavily outclassed, others not only compete successfully, but are among the elite programs in their sport (i.e. Alaska-Fairbanks in rifle, Johns Hopkins in men's lacrosse, Minnesota-Duluth in both men's and women's ice hockey).

Six Division III members are allowed to award athletic scholarships in their Division I sports—a practice otherwise not allowed for Division III schools. All of these schools sponsored a men's sport in the NCAA University Division, the predecessor to today's Division I, before the NCAA adopted its current three-division setup in 1974–75. At that time, the NCAA did not sponsor championships in women's sports. Today, these schools, often called "grandfathered", are allowed to award scholarships in the one originally grandfathered sport, plus one women's sport.

Notes
  • Under current NCAA rules, beach volleyball, and bowling are women's sports; wrestling is a men's sport; rifle is technically a men's sport, but schools can field men's, women's, and/or mixed teams; fencing and skiing are coed sports with teams having men's and women's squads.
  • Future conference affiliations indicated in this article 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.

Division II schools competing in Division I[edit]

The following table is a list of Division II schools competing in Division I.[1]

Legend: Pink = Leaving division. Green = Future.

School Nickname Location Sport Conference
Adelphi Panthers Garden City, NY Bowling East Coast Conference
Alabama–Huntsville Chargers Huntsville, AL Ice Hockey, Men'sMen's Ice Hockey Western Collegiate Hockey Association
Alaska Nanooks Fairbanks, AK Ice Hockey, Men'sMen's Ice Hockey Western Collegiate Hockey Association
Rifle Patriot Rifle Conference
Skiing Central Collegiate Ski Association
Alaska–Anchorage Seawolves Anchorage, AK Gymnastics, Women'sWomen's Gymnastics Mountain Pacific Sports Federation
Ice Hockey, Men'sMen's Ice Hockey Western Collegiate Hockey Association
Skiing Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association
Alderson Broaddus Battlers Phillippi, WV Volleyball, Men'sMen's Volleyball Independent
American International Yellow Jackets Springfield, MA Ice Hockey, Men'sMen's Ice Hockey Atlantic Hockey
Augusta Jaguars Augusta, GA Golf, Men'sMen's Golf Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
Golf, Women'sWomen's Golf Independent
Azusa Pacific Cougars Azusa, CA Water Polo, Women'sWomen's Water Polo Golden Coast Conference
Barton Bulldogs Wilson, NC Volleyball, Men'sMen's Volleyball Carolinas, ConferenceConference Carolinas
Bellarmine Knights Louisville, KY Lacrosse, Men'sMen's Lacrosse Southern Conference
Belmont Abbey Crusaders Belmont, NC Bowling Independent
Volleyball, Men'sMen's Volleyball Carolinas, ConferenceConference Carolinas
Bemidji State Beavers Bemidji, MN Ice Hockey, Men'sMen's Ice Hockey Western Collegiate Hockey Association
Ice Hockey, Women'sWomen's Ice Hockey Western Collegiate Hockey Association
Bentley Falcons Waltham, MA Ice Hockey, Men'sMen's Ice Hockey Atlantic Hockey
Bloomsburg Huskies Bloomsburg, PA Wrestling Eastern Wrestling League
Bowie State Bulldogs Bowie, MD Bowling Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association
Bridgeport Purple Knights Bridgeport, CT Gymnastics, Women'sWomen's Gymnastics Eastern College Athletic Conference
Caldwell Cougars Caldwell, NJ Bowling Northeast Conference
California Baptist Lancers Riverside, CA Water Polo, Men'sMen's Water Polo Western Water Polo Association
Water Polo, Women'sWomen's Water Polo Golden Coast Conference
Cal State East Bay Pioneers Hayward, CA Water Polo, Women'sWomen's Water Polo Western Water Polo Association
Cal State Los Angeles Golden Eagles Los Angeles, CA Beach Volleyball Independent
Cal State Monterey Bay Otters Seaside, CA Water Polo, Women'sWomen's Water Polo Western Water Polo Association
UC San Diego Tritons La Jolla, CA Fencing Intercollegiate Fencing Conference of Southern California
Volleyball, Men'sMen's Volleyball Big West Conference
Water Polo, Men'sMen's Water Polo Western Water Polo Association
Water Polo, Women'sWomen's Water Polo Western Water Polo Association
Carson–Newman Eagles Jefferson City, TN Beach Volleyball Independent
Central Missouri Jennies Warrensburg, MO Bowling Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association
Charleston (WV) Golden Eagles Charleston, WV Volleyball, Men'sMen's Volleyball Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association
Chestnut Hill Griffins Philadelphia, PA Bowling Independent
Chowan Hawks Murfreesboro, NC Bowling Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association
Clarion Golden Eagles Clarion, PA Wrestling Eastern Wrestling League
Coker Cobras Hartsville, SC Volleyball, Men'sMen's Volleyball Independent
Colorado Mesa Mavericks Grand Junction, CO Beach Volleyball Independent
Concordia–Irvine Eagles Irvine, CA Beach Volleyball Independent
Volleyball, Men'sMen's Volleyball Mountain Pacific Sports Federation
Water Polo, Men'sMen's Water Polo Western Water Polo Association
Water Polo, Women'sWomen's Water Polo Golden Coast Conference
Daemen Wildcats Amherst, NY Bowling East Coast Conference
Volleyball, Men'sMen's Volleyball Independent
(begins play in 2018)
Dallas Baptist Patriots Dallas, TX Baseball Missouri Valley Conference
Drury Panthers Springfield, MO Bowling Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association
Eckerd Tritons St. Petersburg, FL Beach Volleyball Independent
Edinboro Fighting Scots Edinboro, PA Wrestling Eastern Wrestling League
Elizabeth City State Vikings Elizabeth City, NC Bowling Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association
Emmanuel (GA) Lions Franklin Springs, GA Volleyball, Men'sMen's Volleyball Carolinas, ConferenceConference Carolinas
Erskine Flying Fleet Due West, SC Volleyball, Men'sMen's Volleyball Carolinas, ConferenceConference Carolinas
Fayetteville State Broncos Fayetteville, NC Bowling Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association
Felician Golden Falcons Rutherford, NJ Bowling East Coast Conference
Ferris State Bulldogs Big Rapids, MI Ice Hockey, Men'sMen's Ice Hockey Western Collegiate Hockey Association
Florida Southern Moccasins Lakeland, FL Beach Volleyball Independent
Francis Marion Patriots Florence, SC Golf, Men'sMen's Golf Independent
Franklin Pierce Ravens Rindge, NH Bowling East Coast Conference
Fresno Pacific Sunbirds Fresno, CA Water Polo, Men'sMen's Water Polo Western Water Polo Association
Water Polo, Women'sWomen's Water Polo Western Water Polo Association
Gannon Golden Knights Erie, PA Water Polo, Men'sMen's Water Polo Collegiate Water Polo Association
Water Polo, Women'sWomen's Water Polo Western Water Polo Association
Johnson C. Smith Golden Bulls Charlotte, NC Bowling Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association
Kentucky Wesleyan Panthers Owensboro, KY Bowling Independent
(begins play in 2018)
King Tornado Bristol, TN Volleyball, Men'sMen's Volleyball Carolinas, ConferenceConference Carolinas
Kutztown Golden Bears Kutztown, PA Bowling East Coast Conference
Lake Superior State Lakers Sault Ste. Marie, MI Ice Hockey, Men'sMen's Ice Hockey Western Collegiate Hockey Association
Lees–McRae Bobcats Banner Elk, NC Volleyball, Men'sMen's Volleyball Carolinas, ConferenceConference Carolinas
Lewis Flyers Romeoville, IL Bowling Independent
(begins play in 2018)
Volleyball, Men'sMen's Volleyball Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association
Limestone Saints Gaffney, SC Volleyball, Men'sMen's Volleyball Carolinas, ConferenceConference Carolinas
Lincoln (MO) Blue Tigers Jefferson City, MO Bowling Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association
Lincoln Memorial Railsplitters Harrogate, TN Beach Volleyball Independent
Bowling East Coast Conference
Volleyball, Men'sMen's Volleyball Independent
Lindenwood Lions St. Charles, MO Gymnastics, Women'sWomen's Gymnastics Midwest Independent Conference
Ice Hockey, Women'sWomen's Ice Hockey College Hockey America
Volleyball, Men'sMen's Volleyball Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association
Livingstone Blue Bears Salisbury, NC Bowling Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association
Lock Haven Bald Eagles Lock Haven, PA Field Hockey Atlantic 10 Conference
Wrestling Eastern Wrestling League
LIU Post Pioneers Brookville, NY Bowling East Coast Conference
Fencing
(Women's only)
Independent
Maryville Saints St. Louis, MO Bowling Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association
McKendree Bearcats Lebanon, IL Bowling Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association
Fencing Midwest Fencing Conference
Volleyball, Men'sMen's Volleyball Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association
Water Polo, Men'sMen's Water Polo Collegiate Water Polo Association
Water Polo, Women'sWomen's Water Polo Western Water Polo Association
Mercyhurst Lakers Erie, PA Ice Hockey, Men'sMen's Ice Hockey Atlantic Hockey
Ice Hockey, Women'sWomen's Ice Hockey College Hockey America
Water Polo, Men'sMen's Water Polo Collegiate Water Polo Association
Water Polo, Women'sWomen's Water Polo Western Water Polo Association
Merrimack Warriors North Andover, MA Ice Hockey, Men'sMen's Ice Hockey Hockey East
Ice Hockey, Women'sWomen's Ice Hockey Hockey East
Michigan Tech Huskies Houghton, MI Ice Hockey, Men'sMen's Ice Hockey Western Collegiate Hockey Association
Skiing Central Collegiate Ski Association
Minnesota State–Mankato Mavericks Mankato, MN Ice Hockey, Men'sMen's Ice Hockey Western Collegiate Hockey Association
Ice Hockey, Women'sWomen's Ice Hockey Western Collegiate Hockey Association
Minnesota–Duluth Bulldogs Duluth, MN Ice Hockey, Men'sMen's Ice Hockey National Collegiate Hockey Conference
Ice Hockey, Women'sWomen's Ice Hockey Western Collegiate Hockey Association
Molloy Lions Rockville Centre, NY Bowling East Coast Conference
Mount Olive Trojans Mount Olive, NC Volleyball, Men'sMen's Volleyball Carolinas, ConferenceConference Carolinas
North Georgia Nighthawks Dahlonega, GA Rifle Southern Conference
North Greenville Crusaders Tigerville, SC Volleyball, Men'sMen's Volleyball Carolinas, ConferenceConference Carolinas
Northern Michigan Wildcats Marquette, MI Ice Hockey, Men'sMen's Ice Hockey Western Collegiate Hockey Association
Skiing Central Collegiate Ski Association
Post Eagles Waterbury, CT Bowling Independent
Queens (NC) Royals Charlotte, NC Volleyball, Men'sMen's Volleyball Independent
Queens (NY) Knights Flushing, NY Fencing
(Women's only)
National Intercollegiate Women's Fencing Association
Quincy Hawks Quincy, IL Volleyball, Men'sMen's Volleyball Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association
Roberts Wesleyan Redhawks North Chili, NY Bowling East Coast Conference
Saint Augustine's Falcons Raleigh, NC Bowling Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association
St. Cloud State Huskies St. Cloud, MN Ice Hockey, Men'sMen's Ice Hockey National Collegiate Hockey Conference
Ice Hockey, Women'sWomen's Ice Hockey Western Collegiate Hockey Association
Skiing
(Women's only)
Central Collegiate Ski Association
Saint Leo Lions St. Leo, FL Beach Volleyball Independent
Saint Michael's Purple Knights Colchester, VT Skiing Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association
Salem International Tigers Salem, WV Bowling East Coast Conference
Water Polo, Men'sMen's Water Polo Collegiate Water Polo Association
Water Polo, Women'sWomen's Water Polo Independent
(begins play in 2018)
Sciences Devils Philadelphia, PA Rifle Mid-Atlantic Rifle Conference
Seattle Pacific Falcons Seattle, WA Gymnastics, Women'sWomen's Gymnastics Mountain Pacific Sports Federation
Shaw Bears Raleigh, NC Bowling Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association
Sonoma State Seawolves Rohnert Park, CA Water Polo, Women'sWomen's Water Polo Western Water Polo Association
Southern Connecticut State Owls New Haven, CT Gymnastics, Women'sWomen's Gymnastics Eastern College Athletic Conference
Spring Hill Badgers Mobile, AL Beach Volleyball Independent
Tampa Spartans Tampa, FL Beach Volleyball Independent
Texas A&M-Kingsville Javelinas Kingsville, TX Beach Volleyball Independent
Texas Woman's Pioneers Denton, TX Gymnastics, Women'sWomen's Gymnastics Midwest Independent Conference
Urbana Blue Knights Urbana, OH Volleyball, Men'sMen's Volleyball Independent
(begins play in 2018)
Ursuline Arrows Pepper Pike, OH Bowling Independent
Virginia State Trojans Ettrick, VA Bowling Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association
Virginia Union Panthers Richmond, VA Bowling Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association
Walsh Cavaliers North Canton, OH Bowling Independent
(begins play in 2018)
Wayne State (MI) Warriors Detroit, MI Fencing Midwest Fencing Conference
West Chester Golden Rams West Chester, PA Gymnastics, Women'sWomen's Gymnastics Eastern College Athletic Conference
Westminster (UT) Griffins Salt Lake City, UT Skiing Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association
Wilmington Wildcats New Castle, DE Bowling Independent
Winona State Warriors Winona, MN Gymnastics, Women'sWomen's Gymnastics Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference

Division III schools competing in Division I[edit]

The following table is a list of Division III schools competing in Division I.[1] Grandfathered schools, with their scholarship sports, are indicated in bold type.

School Nickname City Sport Conference
Adrian Bulldogs Adrian, MI Bowling Independent
Alma Scots Alma, MI Bowling Independent
Babson Beavers Wellesley, MA Skiing Independent
Bates Bobcats Lewiston, ME Skiing Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association
Bowdoin Polar Bears Brunswick, ME Skiing Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association
Brandeis Judges Waltham, MA Fencing Independent
Brockport State Golden Eagles Brockport, NY Gymnastics, Women'sWomen's Gymnastics Eastern College Athletic Conference
Caltech Beavers Pasadena, CA Fencing Independent
Castleton State Spartans Castleton, VT Skiing Independent
Centenary (LA) Ladies Shreveport, LA Gymnastics, Women'sWomen's Gymnastics Midwest Independent Conference
CCNY Beavers New York, NY Fencing
(Women's only)
National Intercollegiate Women's Fencing Association
Clarkson Golden Knights Potsdam, NY Ice Hockey, Men'sMen's Ice Hockey ECAC Hockey
Ice Hockey, Women'sWomen's Ice Hockey
Coast Guard Bears New London, CT Rifle Mid-Atlantic Rifle Conference
Colby Mules Waterville, ME Skiing Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association
Colby–Sawyer Chargers New London, NH Skiing Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association
Colorado College Tigers Colorado Springs, CO Ice Hockey, Men'sMen's Ice Hockey National Collegiate Hockey Conference
Soccer, Women'sWomen's Soccer Mountain West Conference
Cortland State Red Dragons Cortland, NY Gymnastics, Women'sWomen's Gymnastics Independent
Drew Rangers Madison, NJ Men's Fencing Independent
Women's Fencing National Intercollegiate Women's Fencing Association
Elmhurst Bluejays Elmhurst, IL Bowling Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association
Franklin & Marshall Diplomats Lancaster, PA Wrestling Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association
Gustavus Adolphus Golden Gusties St. Peter, MN Gymnastics, Women'sWomen's Gymnastics Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Skiing Central Collegiate Ski Association
Hamline Pipers St. Paul, MN Gymnastics, Women'sWomen's Gymnastics Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Hartwick Hawks Oneonta, NY Soccer, Men'sMen's Soccer Sun Belt Conference
Water Polo, Women'sWomen's Water Polo Collegiate Water Polo Association
Haverford Fords Haverford, PA Men's Fencing Independent
Women's Fencing National Intercollegiate Women's Fencing Association
Hobart Statesmen Geneva, NY Lacrosse, Men'sMen's Lacrosse Northeast Conference
Hunter Hawks New York, MY Men's Fencing Independent
Women's Fencing National Intercollegiate Women's Fencing Association
Huntingdon Hawks Montgomery, AL Beach Volleyball USA South Athletic Conference
Ithaca Bombers Ithaca, NY Gymnastics, Women'sWomen's Gymnastics Independent
John Jay Bloodhounds New York, NY Rifle Mid-Atlantic Rifle Conference
Johns Hopkins Blue Jays Baltimore, MD Men's Fencing Independent
Women's Fencing National Intercollegiate Women's Fencing Association
Lacrosse, Men'sMen's Lacrosse Big Ten Conference
Lacrosse, Women'sWomen's Lacrosse Big Ten Conference
Lawrence Vikings Appleton, WI Fencing Independent
Maine–Presque Isle Owls Presque Isle, ME Skiing Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association
Maritime College Privateers Fort Schuyler, NY Rifle Mid-Atlantic Rifle Conference
Massachusetts Maritime Buccaneers Buzzards Bay, MA Rifle
(Women's only)
Independent
MIT Engineers Cambridge, MA Fencing Eastern College Athletic Conference
Rifle Mid-Atlantic Rifle Conference
Rowing Patriot League
Medaille Mavericks Buffalo, NY Bowling Independent
Middlebury Panthers Middlebury, VT Skiing Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association
Nebraska Wesleyan Prairie Wolves Lincoln, NE Bowling Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association
New Jersey City Gothic Knights Jersey City, NJ Bowling Northeast Conference
NYU Violets New York, NY Fencing Independent
Penn State Altoona Nittany Lions Logan Township, PA Bowling Independent
Plymouth State Panthers Plymouth, NH Skiing Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association
Principia College Panthers Elsah, IL Beach Volleyball St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
RPI Engineers Troy, NY Ice Hockey, Men'sMen's Ice Hockey ECAC Hockey
Ice Hockey, Women'sWomen's Ice Hockey
Rhode Island College Anchorwomen Providence, RI Gymnastics, Women'sWomen's Gymnastics Independent
RIT Tigers Henrietta, NY Ice Hockey, Men'sMen's Ice Hockey Atlantic Hockey
Ice Hockey, Women'sWomen's Ice Hockey College Hockey America
Rose–Hulman Fightin' Engineers Terre Haute, IN Rifle Independent
St. Lawrence Saints Canton, NY Ice Hockey, Men'sMen's Ice Hockey ECAC Hockey
Ice Hockey, Women'sWomen's Ice Hockey
Skiing Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association
St. Olaf Oles Northfield, MN Skiing Central Collegiate Ski Association
St. Scholastica Saints Duluth, MN Skiing Central Collegiate Ski Association
Smith Pioneers Northampton, MA Fencing
(Women's only)
National Intercollegiate Women's Fencing Association
Springfield (MA) Pride Springfield, MA Gymnastics, Men'sMen's Gymnastics Eastern Intercollegiate Gymnastics League
Gymnastics, Women'sWomen's Gymnastics Eastern College Athletic Conference
Stevens Tech Ducks Hoboken, NJ Men's Fencing Independent
Women's Fencing National Intercollegiate Women's Fencing Association
Stevenson University Mustangs Baltimore County, MD Beach Volleyball MAC Commonwealth Conference
Tufts Jumbos Medford, MA Fencing
(Women's only)
Independent
Union (NY) Dutchmen &
Dutchwomen
Schenectady, NY Ice Hockey, Men'sMen's Ice Hockey ECAC Hockey
Ice Hockey, Women'sWomen's Ice Hockey
Ursinus Bears Collegeville, PA Gymnastics, Women'sWomen's Gymnastics Eastern College Athletic Conference
Vassar Brewers Poughkeepsie, NY Fencing Eastern College Athletic Conference
Wellesley Blue Wellesley, MA Fencing
(Women's only)
Independent
Williams Ephs Williamstown, MA Skiing Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association
Wilson (PA) Phoenix Chambersburg, PA Gymnastics, Women'sWomen's Gymnastics Eastern College Athletic Conference
Wisconsin–Eau Claire Blugolds Eau Claire, WI Gymnastics, Women'sWomen's Gymnastics Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Wisconsin–La Crosse Eagles La Crosse, WI Gymnastics, Women'sWomen's Gymnastics Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Wisconsin–Oshkosh Titans Oshkosh, WI Gymnastics, Women'sWomen's Gymnastics Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Wisconsin–Stout Blue Devils Menomonie,WI Gymnastics, Women'sWomen's Gymnastics Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Wisconsin–Whitewater Warhawks Whitewater, WI Bowling Independent
Gymnastics, Women'sWomen's Gymnastics Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Yeshiva Maccabees New York, NY Men's Fencing Independent
Women's Fencing National Intercollegiate Women's Fencing Association

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "NCAA Sports Sponsorship". NCAA. Retrieved June 14, 2013.