List of college athletic programs in Ohio

This is a list of college athletics programs in the U.S. state of Ohio.


  • This list is in a tabular format, with columns arranged in the following order, from left to right:
    • Athletic team description (short school name and nickname), with a link to the school's athletic program article if it exists. When only one nickname is listed, it is used for teams of both sexes. (Note that in recent years, many schools have chosen to use the same nickname for men's and women's teams even when the nickname is distinctly masculine.) When two nicknames are given, the first is used for men's teams and the other is used for women's teams. Different nicknames for a specific sport within a school are noted separately below the table.
    • Full name of school.
    • Location of school.
    • Conference of the school (if conference column is left blank, the school is either independent or the conference is unknown).
  • Apart from the ongoing conversions, the following notes apply:
    • Following the normal standard of U.S. sports media, the terms "University" and "College" are ignored in alphabetization, unless necessary to distinguish schools (such as Boston College and Boston University) or are actually used by the media in normally describing the school (formerly the case for the College of Charleston, but media now use "Charleston" for that school's athletic program).
    • Schools are also alphabetized by the names they are most commonly referred to by sports media, with non-intuitive examples included in parentheses next to the school name. This means, for example, that campuses bearing the name "University of North Carolina" may variously be found at "C" (Charlotte), "N" (North Carolina, referring to the Chapel Hill campus), and "U" (the Asheville, Greensboro, Pembroke, and Wilmington campuses, all normally referred to as UNC-{campus name}).
    • The prefix "St.", as in "Saint", is alphabetized as if it were spelled out.


Division IEdit

Team School City Conference Sport sponsorship
Basketball Base-
Ice hockey Soccer
Akron Zips University of Akron Akron Mid-American FBS                
Bowling Green Falcons Bowling Green State University Bowling Green Mid-American FBS           [a]      
Cincinnati Bearcats University of Cincinnati Cincinnati The American [b] FBS                
Cleveland State Vikings Cleveland State University Cleveland Horizon                  
Dayton Flyers University of Dayton Dayton Atlantic 10 FCS [c]                
Kent State Golden Flashes Kent State University Kent Mid-American FBS                
Miami RedHawks Miami University Oxford Mid-American FBS           [d]      
Ohio Bobcats Ohio University Athens Mid-American FBS                
Ohio State Buckeyes Ohio State University Columbus Big Ten FBS             [e]    
Toledo Rockets University of Toledo Toledo Mid-American FBS                
Wright State Raiders Wright State University Fairborn Horizon                  
Xavier Musketeers Xavier University Cincinnati Big East                  
Youngstown State Penguins Youngstown State University Youngstown Horizon FCS [f]                
  1. ^ Bowling Green's men's ice hockey team competes in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association.
  2. ^ Cincinnati will join the Big 12 Conference in 2023–24.
  3. ^ Dayton's football team competes in the Pioneer Football League.
  4. ^ Miami's men's ice hockey team competes in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference.
  5. ^ Ohio State's women's ice hockey team competes in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.
  6. ^ Youngstown State's football team competes in the Missouri Valley Football Conference.

Division IIEdit

Team School City Conference Sport sponsorship
Basketball Base-
Ashland Eagles Ashland University Ashland Great Midwest              
Cedarville Yellow Jackets Cedarville University Cedarville Great Midwest              
Central State Marauders Central State University Wilberforce SIAC              
Findlay Oilers University of Findlay Findlay Great Midwest              
Lake Erie Storm Lake Erie College Painesville Great Midwest              
Malone Pioneers Malone University Canton Great Midwest              
Notre Dame Falcons Notre Dame College South Euclid Mountain East              
Ohio Dominican Panthers Ohio Dominican University Columbus Great Midwest              
Tiffin Dragons Tiffin University Tiffin Great Midwest              
Ursuline Arrows Ursuline College Pepper Pike Great Midwest              
Walsh Cavaliers Walsh University North Canton Great Midwest              

Division IIIEdit

Team School City Conference Sport sponsorship
Basketball Base-
Baldwin Wallace Yellow Jackets Baldwin Wallace University Berea Ohio              
Bluffton Beavers Bluffton University Bluffton HCAC              
Capital Comets Capital University Bexley Ohio              
Case Western Reserve Spartans Case Western Reserve University Cleveland UAA   [a]            
Defiance Yellow Jackets Defiance College Defiance HCAC              
Denison Big Red Denison University Granville North Coast              
Franciscan Barons Franciscan University of Steubenville Steubenville Presidents'              
Heidelberg Student Princes Heidelberg University Tiffin Ohio              
Hiram Terriers Hiram College Hiram North Coast              
John Carroll Blue Streaks John Carroll University University Heights Ohio              
Kenyon Lords and Ladies Kenyon College Gambier North Coast              
Marietta Pioneers Marietta College Marietta Ohio              
Mount Union Purple Raiders University of Mount Union Alliance Ohio              
Mount St. Joseph Lions Mount St. Joseph University Cincinnati HCAC              
Muskingum Fighting Muskies Muskingum University New Concord Ohio              
Oberlin Yeomen Oberlin College Oberlin North Coast              
Ohio Northern Polar Bears Ohio Northern University Ada Ohio              
Ohio Wesleyan Battling Bishops Ohio Wesleyan University Delaware North Coast              
Otterbein Cardinals Otterbein University Westerville Ohio              
Wilmington Quakers Wilmington College Wilmington Ohio              
Wittenberg Tigers Wittenberg University Springfield North Coast              
Wooster Fighting Scots College of Wooster Wooster North Coast              
  1. ^ Case Western Reserve's football team competes in the Presidents' Athletic Conference.


Team School City Conference Sport sponsorship
Basketball Base-
Lourdes Gray Wolves Lourdes University Sylvania Wolverine–Hoosier              
Mount Vernon Nazarene Cougars Mount Vernon Nazarene University Mount Vernon Crossroads              
Northwestern Ohio Racers University of Northwestern Ohio Lima Wolverine–Hoosier              
Ohio Christian Trailblazers Ohio Christian University Circleville River States              
Rio Grande RedStorm University of Rio Grande Rio Grande River States              
Shawnee State Bears Shawnee State University Portsmouth Mid-South              
Wilberforce Bulldogs Wilberforce University Wilberforce Mid-South              


Team School City Conference
Bryant & Stratton Bobcats Bryant & Stratton College Solon Ohio CC
Cincinnati State Surge Cincinnati State Technical and Community College Cincinnati Ohio CC
Clark State Eagles Clark State Community College Springfield Ohio CC
Columbus State Cougars Columbus State Community College Columbus Ohio CC
Cuyahoga Triceratops (formerly Challengers) Cuyahoga Community College Cleveland Ohio CC
Edison Chargers Edison Community College Piqua Ohio CC
Hocking Hawks Hocking College Nelsonville Ohio CC
Lakeland Lakers Lakeland Community College Kirtland Ohio CC
Lorain County Commodores Lorain County Community College Elyria Ohio CC
Owens Express Owens Community College Toledo Ohio CC
Sinclair Tartan Pride Sinclair Community College Dayton Ohio CC
Terra State Titans Terra State Community College Fremont Ohio CC

Ohio Regional Campus ConferenceEdit

Team School City
Akron-Wayne Warriors University of Akron, Wayne College Orrville
Miami-Hamilton Harriers Miami University Hamilton[a] Hamilton
Miami-Middletown ThunderHawks Miami University Middletown[a] Middletown
Ohio State-Lima Barons Ohio State University, Lima Campus Lima
Ohio State-Mansfield Mavericks Ohio State University, Mansfield Campus Mansfield
Ohio University-Lancaster Cougars Ohio University-Lancaster Lancaster
  1. ^ a b Also holds USCAA membership.


Team School City Conference
Cincinnati-Clermont Cougars University of Cincinnati Clermont College Batavia Independent
Kent State Tuscarawas Golden Eagles Kent State University at Tuscarawas New Philadelphia Independent
Kent State Trumbull Golden Flashes Kent State University at Trumbull Warren Independent
Southern State Patriots Southern State Community College Hillsboro Independent
Valor Christian Warriors Valor Christian College Columbus Independent
Wright State-Lake Lakers Wright State University Lake Campus Celina Independent

See alsoEdit