Division 1 Colleges

An Overview

Colleges that are part of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) are categorized as division 1 colleges, division 2 colleges, or division 3 colleges.  These categories are determined based on the number of sports teams the school has, team size, game calendar, and financial support.

Generally speaking, division 1 colleges are viewed as having the most competitive sports programs and division 3 colleges are viewed as having the least competitive sports program.

Requirements for Division 1 Colleges

Division 1 colleges must have at least 7 sports teams for men and 7 sports teams for women.  There must be also be two team sports for each gender.  Division 1 colleges must also play 100 percent of the minimum number of games against other division 1 colleges (with the exception of football and basketball).

Division 1 colleges that have football teams are classified as Football Bowl Subdivision or NCAA Football Championship Subdivision.  Football Bowl Subdivision Colleges have game attendance requirements.  On average, 15,000 spectators must be in attendance at every home game.  Division 1 colleges who are NCAA Football Championship Subdivision teams do not need to meet this attendance requirement.  Also, division 1 colleges must meet certain financial aid award criteria for their athletic programs.

A List of Division 1 Colleges

Below is a complete list of all division 1 colleges.  For the most up to date information and changes, please visit the NCAA website directly.

University of Akron  – (OH) Houston Baptist Univiversity – (TX) University of Portland  – (OR)
Alabama A&M University – (AL) Howard University – (DC) Portland State University – (OR)
Alabama State University – (AL) University of Idaho     – (ID) Prairie View A&M University – (TX)
University of Alabama at Birmingham  – (AL) Idaho State University – (ID) Presbyterian College  – (SC)
University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa  – (AL) Illinois State University – (IL) Princeton University – (NJ)
University at Albany – (NY) University of Illinois, Champaign    – (IL) Providence College   – (RI)
Alcorn State University – (MS) University of Illinois, Chicago   – (IL) Purdue University – (IN)
American University – (DC) Indiana State University – (IN) Quinnipiac University – (CT)
Appalachian State University – (NC) Indiana University, Bloomington – (IN) Radford University – (VA)
University of Arizona  – (AZ) Indiana University, Fort Wayne – (IN) University of Rhode Island    – (RI)
Arizona State University – (AZ) Indiana University, at Indianapolis – (IN) Rice University – (TX)
Arkansas State University – (AR) Iona College – (NY) University of Richmond    – (VA)
University of Arkansas – (AR) University of Iowa      – (IA) Rider University – (NJ)
University of Arkansas – (AR) Iowa State University – (IA) Robert Morris University – (PA)
University of Arkansas – (AR) Jackson State University – (MS) Rutgers, New Brunswick – (NJ)
Auburn University – (AL) Jacksonville State University – (AL) Sacred Heart University – (CT)
Austin Peay State University – (TN) Jacksonville University – (FL) Sam Houston State University – (TX)
Ball State University – (IN) James Madison University – (VA) Samford University – (AL)
Baylor University – (TX) University of Kansas      – (KS) University of San Diego   – (CA)
Belmont University – (TN) Kansas State University – (KS) San Diego State University – (CA)
Bethune-Cookman University – (FL) Kennesaw State University – (GA) University of San Francisco   – (CA)
Binghamton University – (NY) Kent State University – (OH) San Jose State University – (CA)
Boise State University – (ID) University of Kentucky      – (KY) Santa Clara University – (CA)
Boston College      – (MA) La Salle University – (PA) Savannah State University – (GA)
Boston University – (MA) Lafayette College  – (PA) Seattle University – (WA)
Bowling Green State University – (OH) Lamar University – (TX) Seton Hall University – (NJ)
Bradley University – (IL) Lehigh University – (PA) Siena College – (NY)
Brigham Young University – (UT) Liberty University – (VA) University of South Alabama  – (AL)
Brown University – (RI) Lipscomb University – (TN) University of South Carolina, Columbia     – (SC)
Bryant University – (RI) Long Beach State University – (CA) South Carolina State University – (SC)
Bucknell University – (PA) Long Island University – (NY) University of South Carolina Upstate  – (SC)
University at Buffalo, New York   – (NY) Longwood University – (VA) University of South Dakota   – (SD)
Butler University – (IN) University of Louisiana at Lafayette      – (LA) South Dakota State University – (SD)
California Polytechnic State University – (CA) University of Louisiana at Monroe    – (LA) University of South Florida      – (FL)
California State University, Bakersfield  – (CA) Louisiana State University – (LA) Southeast Missouri State University – (MO)
California State University, Fresno      – (CA) Louisiana Tech University – (LA) Southeastern Louisiana University – (LA)
California State University, Fullerton   – (CA) University of Louisville  – (KY) University of Southern California      – (CA)
California State University, Northridge   – (CA) Loyola Marymount University – (CA) Southern Illinois University – (IL)
California State University, Sacramento  – (CA) Loyola University – (IL) Southern Illinois University – (IL)
University of California, Berkeley     – (CA) Loyola University – (MD) Southern Methodist University – (TX)
University of California, Davis     – (CA) University of Maine, Orono    – (ME) University of Southern Mississippi  – (MS)
University of California, Irvine   – (CA) Manhattan College – (NY) Southern University, Baton Rouge – (LA)
University of California, Los Angeles      – (CA) Marist College  – (NY) Southern Utah University – (UT)
University of California, Riverside   – (CA) Marquette University – (WI) St. Bonaventure University – (NY)
University of California, Santa Barbara – (CA) Marshall University – (WV) St. Francis College, New York – (NY)
Campbell University  – (NC) University of Maryland, Baltimore County   – (MD) Saint Francis University – (PA)
Canisius College – (NY) University of Maryland, College Park     – (MD) St. John’s University – (NY)
University of Central Arkansas     – (AR) University of Maryland, Eastern Shore – (MD) Saint Joseph’s University – (PA)
Central Connecticut State University  – (CT) University of Massachusetts, Amherst      – (MA) Saint Louis University – (MO)
University of Central Florida      – (FL) McNeese State University – (LA) St. Mary’s College of California – (CA)
Central Michigan University   – (MI) University of Memphis     – (TN) St. Peter’s College   – (NJ)
College of Charleston, South Carolina  – (SC) Mercer University – (GA) Stanford University – (CA)
Charleston Southern University – (SC) University of Miami, Florida      – (FL) Stephen F. Austin State University – (TX)
Chicago State University – (IL) Miami University – (OH) Stetson University – (FL)
University of Cincinnati   – (OH) University of Michigan   – (MI) Stony Brook University – (NY)
The Citadel   – (SC) Michigan State University – (MI) Syracuse University – (NY)
Clemson University – (SC) Middle Tennessee State University – (TN) Temple University – (PA)
Cleveland State University – (OH) University of Minnesota, Twin Cities      – (MN) Tennessee State University – (TN)
Coastal Carolina University – (SC) University of Mississippi    – (MS) Tennessee Technological University – (TN)
Colgate University – (NY) Mississippi State University – (MS) University of Tennessee at Chattanooga      – (TN)
University of Colorado, Boulder     – (CO) Mississippi Valley State University – (MS) University of Tennessee, Knoxville     – (TN)
Colorado State University – (CO) Missouri State University – (MO) University of Tennessee at Martin     – (TN)
Columbia University – (NY) University of Missouri, Columbia    – (MO) Texas A&M University, College Station – (TX)
University of Connecticut    – (CT) University of Missouri-Kansas City   – (MO) Texas A&M University – (TX)
Coppin State University – (MD) Monmouth University – (NJ) Texas Christian University – (TX)
Cornell University – (NY) University of Montana   – (MT) Texas Southern University – (TX)
Creighton University – (NE) Montana State University – (MT) Texas State University – (TX)
Dartmouth College   – (NH) Morehead State University – (KY) Texas Tech University – (TX)
Davidson College   – (NC) Morgan State University – (MD) University of Texas at Arlington   – (TX)
University of Dayton     – (OH) Mount St. Mary’s University – (MD) University of Texas at Austin      – (TX)
University of Delaware   – (DE) Murray State University – (KY) University of Texas at El Paso   – (TX)
Delaware State University – (DE) University of Nebraska, Lincoln    – (NE) University of Texas, Pan American  – (TX)
University of Denver – (CO) University of Nevada, Las Vegas    – (NV) University of Texas at San Antonio – (TX)
DePaul University – (IL) University of Nevada   – (NV) University of Toledo    – (OH)
University of Detroit Mercy  – (MI) University of New Hampshire – (NH) Towson University – (MD)
Drake University – (IA) New Jersey Institute of Technology  – (NJ) Troy University – (AL)
Drexel University – (PA) University of New Mexico     – (NM) Tulane University – (LA)
Duke University – (NC) New Mexico State University – (NM) University of Tulsa      – (OK)
Duquesne University – (PA) Niagara University – (NY) U.S. Air Force Academy, CO  – (CO)
East Carolina University – (NC) Nicholls State University – (LA) U.S. Military Academy, NY  – (NY)
East Tennessee State University – (TN) Norfolk State University – (VA) U.S. Naval Academy, MD  – (MD)
Eastern Illinois University – (IL) University of North Carolina, Asheville  – (NC) University of Utah     – (UT)
Eastern Kentucky University – (KY) North Carolina A&T State University – (NC) Utah State University – (UT)
Eastern Michigan University – (MI) North Carolina Central University – (NC) Utah Valley University – (UT)
Eastern Washington University – (WA) North Carolina State University – (NC) Valparaiso University – (IN)
Elon University – (NC) University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill  – (NC) Vanderbilt University – (TN)
University of Evansville – (IN) University of North Carolina, Charlotte  – (NC) University of Vermont – (VT)
Fairfield University – (CT) University of North Carolina at Greensboro – (NC) Villanova University – (PA)
Fairleigh Dickinson University – (NJ) University of North Carolina, Wilmington   – (NC) University of Virginia     – (VA)
University of Florida    – (FL) University of North Dakota   – (ND) Virginia Commonwealth University – (VA)
Florida A&M University – (FL) North Dakota State University – (ND) Virginia Military Institute  – (VA)
Florida Atlantic University – (FL) University of North Florida  - (FL) Virginia Polytechnic Institute – (VA)
Florida Gulf Coast University – (FL) University of North Texas     – (TX) Wagner College   – (NY)
Florida International University – (FL) Northeastern University – (MA) Wake Forest University – (NC)
Florida State University – (FL) Northern Arizona University – (AZ) University of Washington      – (WA)
Fordham University – (NY) University of Northern Colorado     – (CO) Washington State University – (WA)
Furman University – (SC) Northern Illinois University – (IL) Weber State University – (UT)
Gardner-Webb University – (NC) University of Northern Iowa    – (IA) West Virginia University – (WV)
George Mason University – (VA) Northwestern State University – (LA) Western Carolina University – (NC)
George Washington University – (DC) Northwestern University – (IL) Western Illinois University – (IL)
Georgetown University – (DC) University of Notre Dame     – (IN) Western Kentucky University – (KY)
University of Georgia   – (GA) Oakland University – (MI) Western Michigan University – (MI)
Georgia Institute of Technology      – (GA) The Ohio State University – (OH) Wichita State University – (KS)
Georgia Southern University – (GA) Ohio University – (OH) College of William and Mary   – (VA)
Georgia State University – (GA) University of Oklahoma     – (OK) Winthrop University – (SC)
Gonzaga University – (WA) Oklahoma State University – (OK) University of Wisconsin, Green Bay   – (WI)
Grambling State University – (LA) Old Dominion University – (VA) University of Wisconsin, Madison      – (WI)
Hampton University – (VA) Oral Roberts University – (OK) University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee  – (WI)
University of Hartford   – (CT) University of Oregon  – (OR) Wofford College   – (SC)
Harvard University – (MA) Oregon State University – (OR) Wright State University – (OH)
University of Hawaii, Manoa    – (HI) University of the Pacific   – (CA) University of Wyoming      – (WY)
High Point University – (NC) University of Pennsylvania      – (PA) Xavier University – (OH)
Hofstra University – (NY) Pennsylvania State University – (PA) Yale University – (CT)
College of the Holy Cross   – (MA) Pepperdine University – (CA) Youngstown State University – (OH)
University of Houston   – (TX) University of Pittsburgh  – (PA)
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7 Responses to “Division 1 Colleges”

  • TERI P. GARCIA on August 15, 2011

    I AM A SCHOOL COUNSELOR AT WOOLDRIDGE ELEMENTARY IN AUSTIN I.S.D. OUR CAMPUS IS A TITLE 1 CAMPUS WITH ABOUT 95% AT RISK POPULATION AND ALSO EDUCATIONALLY DISADVANTAGED.
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      The College Helper on August 15, 2011

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  • shawn smith on January 25, 2012

    I’m a freshmen in high school and I have A’s and B’s if I keep up those grades would that be enough to get into a Division one college

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on January 25, 2012

      Hi Shawn,

      Thanks for your comment!

      Some Division 1 Colleges are more competitive than others, so it’ll depend on your cumulative GPA and standardized test scores (ACT/SAT) when it comes time to apply during your senior year.

      But, I think you’re on the right track (with A’s and B’s) to be a strong applicant. Let me know if you have other questions!

  • Karina on April 9, 2012

    What about division 2 and 3 colleges? And could you explain to me about Ivy League colleges? Also what are the best colleges/Universities would you recommend that have a great program to become an author in Pennsylvania?

    • Madeline Fetchiet

      Madeline Fetchiet on May 6, 2012

      Hi Karina, thanks for visiting the site! In terms of division 2 and division 3 schools, the “divisions” mainly describe athletic qualifications. Going to a division 1 school versus a division 2 or 3 school often has nothing to do with academics, it’s more related to defining the size of the school to group athletic conferences together to provide the proper competition.

      In Pennsylvania, there are 23 division 2 schools and 58 division 3 schools. Some notable schools within these lists are Carnegie Mellon University, Swarthmore College and Philadelphia University.

      Division 2 and 3 colleges and universities are smaller schools; many have less than 10,000 undergraduate students. So if you are looking for a more personalized college experience a division 2 or 3 school may be a good choice for you.

      Ivy League schools are some of the top higher education institutions in the country. The Ivy League includes Harvard University, Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Princeton University, Yale University, University of Pennsylvania and Dartmouth College. These are all private institutions in the Northeast United States. Admissions are Ivy League schools are known to be selective, for instance Harvard’s acceptance rate is about 7%.

      If you are thinking of becoming an author, schools to keep in mind in Pennsylvania are Penn State University, which offers degrees in creative and professional writing, and also Seton Hill University and University of Pittsburg who both offer creative writing and English degrees.

  • Cybele Federico on May 24, 2012

    Very interesting

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