The Complete List of NCAA Division 1 Colleges (Most Recent) (2023)

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The NCAA, the major governing body for intercollegiate sports, separates its member institutions by divisions. Division I colleges are generally the biggest. They have the largest athletic department budgets and their sports teams generate the most revenue. All of the schools that participate in bowl games and March Madness are Division I schools. However, there are some regional colleges and smaller private schools you may not be familiar with that are also classified as Division I. In this article, I’ll give you a basic understanding of Division I and a complete list of current Division I schools by state.

UPDATE: NCAA Changes Due to COVID-19

As a result of the novel coronavirus pandemic, NCAA has made changes to player eligibility. First, prospective Division I and Division II players are no longer required to submit ACT or SAT scores (although submitting them is still highly recommended). Their academic eligibility will only be based on GPA and core course requirements. Additionally, the NCAA granted spring and fall 2020 athletes an additional year of eligibility and season of competition. You can find more COVID-19 NCAA updates here.

Why Are There NCAA Divisions?

NCAA Divisions exist to create parity and level the playing field. With divisions, schools should be competing against other schools of a similar size and with similar resources. However, in the climate of today's NCAA sports, there can be huge disparities between schools in the same division, especially in Division I.

For example, from 2006-2011, the athletics revenue for the University of Alabama was $124,498,616. During that same period, the athletics revenue for Alabama State University was $10,614,081. Both are Division I schools.

What Makes Division I Unique?

Compared to NCAA Division II and III schools, NCAA Division I schools have the biggest student bodies, the largest athletic budgets, and the most athletic scholarships.

All of the major sports conferences, including the Big 10, Big 12, Pac 12, and ACC, are composed of Division I colleges.

While Ivy League colleges are Division I, they don't offer athletic scholarships.

Division I Fun Facts

  • There are currently 350 colleges classified as Division I for NCAA competition.
  • Alaska is the only state without a Division 1 school.
  • Stanford University has the most Division I NCAA championships with 123.
  • On average, only 4% of the student bodies at Division I schools participate in NCAA sports.
  • Stanford has won the most Learfield Sports Directors' Cup awards, which are given to the most successful Division I athletics program each year.
  • The University of Oregon won the very first NCAA men's basketball championship in 1939.
  • Louisiana Tech won the very first NCAA women's basketball championship in 1982.

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The 1982 Louisiana Tech women's basketball team

How Should You Use This List?

If there's a college you're considering, you can determine if it's a Division I institution. If you're interested in a particular sport, check to see which colleges are Division I in that sport. Some schools are Division I in one or two sports and Division II or III in the rest. For example, Colorado College is Division I in men's ice hockey and women's soccer, but the rest of their varsity sports are Division III.

If you're interested in football, you should also check to see if a particular school is FBS, FCS, or if it even has a football program.

Division I Colleges By State

Alabama

University of Alabama

Alabama State University

Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University

University of Alabama at Birmingham

Auburn University

Jacksonville State University

Samford University

University of South Alabama

Troy University

Arizona

University of Arizona

Arizona State University

Northern Arizona University

Grand Canyon University

Arkansas

Arkansas State University

University of Central Arkansas

University of Arkansas

University of Arkansas at Little Rock

University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff

California

California Baptist University

California Polytechnic State University

California State University, Bakersfield

California State University, Fresno

California State University, Fullerton

California State University, Long Beach

California State University, Northridge

California State University, Sacramento

Long Beach State University

Loyola Marymount University

Pepperdine University

Saint Mary's College of California

San Diego State University

San Jose State University

Santa Clara University

Stanford University

University of California, Berkeley

University of California, Davis

University of California, Irvine

University of California, Los Angeles

University of California, Riverside

University of California, Santa Barbara

University of California, San Diego

University of San Diego

University of San Francisco

University of Southern California

University of the Pacific

Colorado

Colorado State University

U.S. Air Force Academy

University of Colorado, Boulder

University of Denver

University of Northern Colorado

Connecticut

Central Connecticut State University

University of Connecticut

University of Hartford

Fairfield University

Quinnipiac University

Sacred Heart University

Yale University

Delaware

University of Delaware

Delaware State University

District of Columbia

American University

George Washington University

Georgetown University

Howard University

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Florida

Bethune-Cookman University

University of Central Florida

University of Florida

Florida A&M University

Florida Atlantic University

Florida Gulf Coast University

Florida International University

Florida State University

Jacksonville University

University of Miami (Florida)

University of North Florida

University of South Florida

Stetson University

Georgia

Georgia Institute of Technology

Georgia Southern University

Georgia State University

Kennesaw State University

Mercer University

University of Georgia

Hawaii

University of Hawaii, Manoa

Idaho

Boise State University

University of Idaho

Idaho State University

Illinois

Bradley University

Chicago State University

DePaul University

Eastern Illinois University

Illinois State University

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

University of Illinois at Chicago

Loyola University Chicago

Northern Illinois University

Northwestern University

Southern Illinois University at Carbondale

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Western Illinois University

Indiana

Ball State University

Butler University

Indiana State University

Indiana University, Bloomington

Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis

Purdue University

Purdue University, Fort Wayne

University of Evansville

University of Notre Dame

University of Southern Indiana

Valparaiso University

Iowa

Drake University

University of Iowa

Iowa State University

University of Northern Iowa

Kansas

University of Kansas

Kansas State University

Wichita State University

Kentucky

Bellarmine University

Eastern Kentucky University

University of Kentucky

University of Louisville

Morehead State University

Murray State University

Northern Kentucky University

Western Kentucky University

Louisiana

University of Louisiana at Lafayette

University of Louisiana at Monroe

Louisiana State University

Louisiana Tech University

Grambling State University

McNeese State University

University of New Orleans

Nicholls State University

Northwestern State University

Southeastern Louisiana University

Southern University, Baton Rouge

Tulane University

Maine

University of Maine


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Maryland

Coppin State University

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Loyola University Maryland

University of Maryland Eastern Shore

University of Maryland, Baltimore County

University of Maryland, College Park

Morgan State University

Mount St. Mary’s University

Towson University

U.S. Naval Academy

Massachusetts

Boston College

Boston University

College of the Holy Cross

Harvard University

Merrimack College

Northeastern University

Stonehill College

University of Massachusetts, Amherst

University of Massachusetts, Lowell

Michigan

Central Michigan University

University of Detroit Mercy

Eastern Michigan University

University of Michigan

Michigan State University

Oakland University

Western Michigan University

Minnesota

University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
University of St. Thomas

Mississippi

Alcorn State University

Jackson State University

Mississippi State University

Mississippi Valley State University

University of Mississippi

The University of Southern Mississippi

Missouri

Lindenwood University

Missouri State University

Saint Louis University

University of Missouri, Columbia

University of Missouri-Kansas City

Southeast Missouri State University

Montana

University of Montana

Montana State University-Bozeman

Nebraska

Creighton University

University of Nebraska Omaha

University of Nebraska, Lincoln

Nevada

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

University of Nevada, Reno

New Hampshire

Dartmouth College

University of New Hampshire

New Jersey

Fairleigh Dickinson University, Metropolitan Campus

Monmouth University

New Jersey Institute of Technology

Princeton University

Rider University

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick

Seton Hall University

Saint Peter’s University

New Mexico

University of New Mexico

New Mexico State University

New York

University at Albany

Binghamton University

University at Buffalo, the State University of New York

Canisius College

Colgate University

Columbia University-Barnard College

Cornell University

Fordham University

Hofstra University

Iona College

Long Island University-Brooklyn Campus

Manhattan College

Marist College

Niagara University

Siena College

St. Bonaventure University

St. Francis College Brooklyn

St. John’s University (New York)

Stony Brook University

Syracuse University

U.S. Military Academy (West Point)

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Wagner College

North Carolina

Appalachian State University

Campbell University

Davidson College

Duke University

East Carolina University

Elon University

Gardner-Webb University

High Point University

University of North Carolina-Asheville

North Carolina A&T State University

North Carolina Central University

North Carolina State University

North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University

University of North Carolina Wilmington

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Wake Forest University

Western Carolina University

North Dakota

University of North Dakota

North Dakota State University

Ohio

University of Akron

Bowling Green State University

University of Cincinnati

Cleveland State University

University of Dayton

Kent State University

Miami University (Ohio)

The Ohio State University

Ohio University

University of Toledo

Wright State University

Xavier University

Youngstown State University

Oklahoma

University of Oklahoma

Oklahoma State University

Oral Roberts University

The University of Tulsa

Oregon

University of Oregon

Oregon State University

University of Portland

Portland State University

Pennsylvania

Bucknell University

Drexel University

Duquesne University

La Salle University

Lafayette College

Lehigh University

University of Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania State University

University of Pittsburgh

Robert Morris University

Saint Francis University (Pennsylvania)

Saint Joseph’s University

Temple University

Villanova University

Rhode Island

Brown University

Bryant University

Providence College

University of Rhode Island

South Carolina

College of Charleston (South Carolina)

Charleston Southern University

The Citadel

Clemson University

Coastal Carolina University

Furman University

Presbyterian College

University of South Carolina, Columbia

South Carolina State University

University of South Carolina Upstate

Winthrop University

Wofford College

South Dakota

University of South Dakota

South Dakota State University

Tennessee

Austin Peay State University

Belmont University

East Tennessee State University

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Lipscomb University

University of Memphis

Middle Tennessee State University

Tennessee State University

Tennessee Technological University

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

University of Tennessee, Knoxville

University of Tennessee at Martin

Vanderbilt University

Texas

Abilene Christian University

Baylor University

Houston Christian University

Lamar University

Prairie View A&M University

Rice University

Sam Houston State University

Southern Methodist University

Stephen F. Austin State University

Tarleton State University

Texas A&M University, College Station

Texas A&M University-Commerce

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi

Texas Christian University

Texas Southern University

Texas State University

Texas Tech University

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

University of Houston

University of North Texas

University of Texas at Arlington

University of Texas at Austin

University of Texas at El Paso

University of Texas at San Antonio

University of the Incarnate Word

Utah

Brigham Young University

Dixie State University

Southern Utah University

University of Utah

Utah State University

Utah Valley University

Weber State University

Vermont

University of Vermont

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Virginia

George Mason University

Hampton University

James Madison University

Liberty University

Longwood University

Norfolk State University

Old Dominion University

Radford University

University of Richmond

University of Virginia

Virginia Commonwealth University

Virginia Military Institute

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

College of William and Mary

Washington

Eastern Washington University

Gonzaga University

Seattle University

University of Washington

Washington State University

West Virginia

Marshall University

West Virginia University

Wisconsin

Marquette University

University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

University of Wisconsin, Madison

University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

Wyoming

University of Wyoming

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What's Next?

How do you know if you qualify for NCAA recruitment? Find out what SAT or ACT scores you need to be NCAA-eligible and what the national letter of intent for NCAA is.

Learn more about Division 2 schools and the differences between NCAA divisions.

Also, you can get the complete lists of Division II and III schools by state.

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FAQs

How many Division 1 teams are in the NCAA? ›

According to the NCAA, there are 350 Division 1 schools, 310 Division 2 schools, and 438 Division 3 schools. To give you a better idea of size and how these divisions compare, about 176,000 student athletes compete at the Division 1 level.

How many Division 1 colleges are there in the US? ›

With 350 member schools, including 23 historically black colleges and universities, Division I schools field more than 6,700 athletics teams and provide opportunities for more than 187,000 student-athletes to compete in NCAA sports each year.

What is the biggest Division 1 college? ›

Division I Fun Facts

There are currently 350 colleges classified as Division I for NCAA competition. Alaska is the only state without a Division 1 school. Stanford University has the most Division I NCAA championships with 123. On average, only 4% of the student bodies at Division I schools participate in NCAA sports.

What is Division 1 called now? ›

FBS and FCS

In 2006, Division I-A and I-AA were renamed "Football Bowl Subdivision" (FBS) and "Football Championship Subdivision" (FCS), respectively. FBS teams are allowed a maximum of 85 players receiving athletically based aid per year, with each player on scholarship receiving a full scholarship.

What state has the most Division 1 schools? ›

California boasts the most Division I basketball teams of any state in America with 26, growing one larger this season with UC San Diego making the jump up Division II. It has four programs participating in the Pac-12 – Cal, Stanford, USC, and UCLA – and a number of teams in the Mountain West, Big West, WCC and more.

What state has the most D1 football colleges? ›

What state has the most college football teams? The short answer is Texas. The Lone Star State boasts a total of 12 FBS football teams.
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What States Have No College Football Teams?
  • North Dakota.
  • South Dakota.
  • Alaska.
  • Maine.
  • Rhode Island.
  • Vermont.
  • New Hampshire.
  • Delaware.
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Can a D2 school become D1? ›

Can a D2 school become a D1 school? Yes, a Division 2 school can become a Division 1 school. To do so, it will need to meet the Division 1 requirements. This means increasing the number of sports offered and sponsoring a minimum of seven men's and seven women's sports, or six men's and eight women's sports.

Do Division 3 schools recruit? ›

Division III schools are allowed to send athletes recruiting materials, such as brochures or invitations at any time, unlike Division I. DIII schools can also contact recruits via phone call or any other method at any time with no restrictions.

What makes a college a Division 1 school? ›

Division I member institutions have to sponsor at least seven sports for men and seven for women (or six for men and eight for women) with two team sports for each gender. Each playing season has to be represented by each gender as well.

What makes a school D1 or D2? ›

D1 schools stand out because they are the largest schools with the biggest budgets to support their athletic programs. The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), an organization that currently governs 24 collegiate sports, labels schools as D1, D2, or D3.

Can a D2 school become D1? ›

So when moving from D2 to D1, you may need to account for an increase in the number of varsity sports sponsored. The D2 minimum is 10 while the D1 minimum is 14. D1 conferences may have even higher minimums for their members.

How many Division 3 schools are there? ›

There are currently 438 American colleges and universities classified as Division III for NCAA competition. Schools from 35 of the 50 states and the District of Columbia are represented.

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