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

Posted by Justin Berkman | Aug 10, 2017 9:00:00 PM

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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.


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

  • UCLA has the most Division I NCAA championships with 113.
  • On average, only 6% of the student bodies at Division I schools participate in NCAA sports.
  • Stanford has won the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup awarded to the most successful Division I athletics program every year since 1994-1995.
  • 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.



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




University of Alabama

Alabama A&M University

Alabama State University

University of Alabama at Birmingham

Auburn University

Jacksonville State University

Samford University

University of South Alabama

Troy University




Arkansas State University

University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

University of Arkansas at Little Rock

University of Arkansas, Pine Bluff

University of Central Arkansas




University of Arizona

Arizona State University

Northern Arizona University




California Polytechnic State University

California State University, Bakersfield

California State University, Fresno

California State University, Fullerton

California State University, Northridge

California State University, Sacramento

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

Long Beach State University

Loyola Marymount University

University of the Pacific

Pepperdine University

Saint Mary's College of California

University of San Diego

San Diego State University

University of San Francisco

San Jose State University

Santa Clara University

University of Southern California

Stanford University




University of Colorado, Boulder

Colorado State University

University of Denver

University of Northern Colorado

U.S. Air Force Academy




Central Connecticut State University

University of Connecticut

Fairfield University

Quinnipiac University

Sacred Heart University

Yale University


District of Columbia


American University

George Washington University

Georgetown University

Howard University




University of Delaware

Delaware State University





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




University of Georgia

Georgia Institute of Technology

Georgia Southern University

Georgia State University

Kennesaw State University

Mercer University

Savannah State University




University of Hawaii, Manoa




Drake University

University of Iowa

Iowa State University

University of Northern Iowa




Boise State University

University of Idaho

Idaho State University




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




Ball State University

Butler University

University of Evansville

Indiana State University

Indiana University, Bloomington

Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne

Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis

University of Notre Dame

Purdue University

Valparaiso University



University of Kansas

Kansas State University

Wichita State University




Eastern Kentucky University

University of Kentucky

University of Louisville

Morehead State University

Murray State University

Northern Kentucky University

Western Kentucky University




University of Louisiana at Lafayette

University of Louisiana at Monroe

Louisiana State University

Louisiana Tech University

McNeese State University

University of New Orleans

Nicholls State University

Northwestern State University

Southeastern Louisiana University

Southern University, Baton Rouge

Tulane University




Boston College

Boston University

Harvard University

College of the Holy Cross

University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Northeastern University




Coppin State University

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




University of Maine, Orono




Central Michigan University

University of Detroit Mercy

Eastern Michigan University

University of Michigan

Michigan State University

Oakland University

Western Michigan University




University of Minnesota, Twin Cities




Missouri State University

University of Missouri, Columbia

University of Missouri-Kansas City

Southeast Missouri State University

Saint Louis University




Alcorn State University

Jackson State University

University of Mississippi

Mississippi State University

Mississippi Valley State University

The University of Southern Mississippi




University of Montana

Montana State University-Bozeman


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

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




Creighton University

University of Nebraska Omaha

University of Nebraska, Lincoln


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




University of Nevada, Las Vegas

University of Nevada, Reno


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

Wagner College




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




University of Oklahoma

Oklahoma State University

Oral Roberts University

The University of Tulsa




University of Oregon

Oregon State University

University of Portland

Portland State University




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




Austin Peay State University

Belmont University

East Tennessee State University

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




Baylor University

University of Houston

Houston Baptist University

University of the Incarnate Word

Lamar University

University of North Texas

Prairie View A&M University

Rice University

Sam Houston State University

Southern Methodist University

Stephen F. Austin State University

Texas A&M University, College Station

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi

Texas Christian University

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Texas Southern University

Texas State University

Texas Tech University

University of Texas at Arlington

University of Texas at Austin

University of Texas at El Paso

University of Texas at San Antonio




Brigham Young University

Southern Utah University

University of Utah

Utah State University

Utah Valley University

Weber State University





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




University of Vermont




Eastern Washington University

Gonzaga University

Seattle University

University of Washington

Washington State University




Marquette University

University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

University of Wisconsin, Madison

University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee


West Virginia


Marshall University

West Virginia University



University of Wyoming



What's Next?

Learn more about the differences between NCAA divisions.

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


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Justin has extensive experience teaching SAT prep and guiding high school students through the college admissions and selection process. He is firmly committed to improving equity in education and helping students to reach their educational goals. Justin received an athletic scholarship for gymnastics at Stanford University and graduated with a BA in American Studies.

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