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List of schools reclassifying their athletic programs to NCAA Division I

The following is a list of United States colleges and universities that are either in the process of reclassifying their athletic programs to NCAA Division I, or have announced future plans to do the same.[1]


Currently reclassifyingEdit

This is limited to schools that have begun the formal Division I reclassification process.

Institution Athletics Previous Division II conference Current Division I conference Start Year Active
(Full member)
California Baptist University Lancers Pacific West Conference Western Athletic Conference 2018–19 2022–23 [2]
University of North Alabama Lions Gulf South Conference Atlantic Sun Conference
Football: FCS independent; Big South Conference in 2019
2018–19 2022–23 [3]

Future reclassificationsEdit

This is limited to schools that have officially announced plans to reclassify to Division I, but have not yet begun their transitions.

Institution Athletics Current Division II conference Future Division I conference Start Year Active
(Full member)
Merrimack College Warriors Northeast-10 Conference Northeast Conference 2019–20 2023–24 [4]
University of California, San Diego Tritons California Collegiate Athletic Association Big West Conference 2020–21 2024–25 [5]
Dixie State University Trailblazers Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Western Athletic Conference 2020–21 2024–25 [6]
C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University Pioneers East Coast Conference Northeast Conference 2019–20 2019–20 The LIU Post athletic program will merge with that of LIU Brooklyn to become a single Long Island University (LIU) athletic program. Teams in sports that Post sponsors but Brooklyn doesn't will be reclassified to Division I. [7]

Reclassifying to Division IIEdit

This is limited to Division I schools that have announced plans to classify to Division II. Note that the standard transition period for schools moving from NCAA Division I to Division II is two years, as opposed to the four years required for the reverse move.

Institution Athletics Current Division I Conference Future Division II Conference Start Year Active
(Full member)
Savannah State University Tigers Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 2019–20 2021–22 [8]


  1. ^ "Multidivision and Reclassifying for 2014–15" (PDF). NCAA. August 7, 2014. Retrieved April 14, 2015.
  2. ^ "CBU announces D-1, WAC move" (Press release). California Baptist Lancers. January 13, 2017. Retrieved January 14, 2017.
  3. ^ "UNA Accepts ASUN Division I Invitation" (Press release). North Alabama Lions. December 6, 2016. Retrieved December 11, 2016.
  4. ^ "Merrimack College Accepts Invitation to Join the Northeast Conference" (Press release). Northeast Conference. September 10, 2018. Retrieved September 15, 2018.
  5. ^ "A New Era: UC San Diego to Join Big West Conference" (Press release). University of California, San Diego. November 27, 2017. Retrieved November 28, 2017.
  6. ^ "Dixie State to move up to Division 1,join Western Athletic Conference in 2020-21" (Press release). Deseret News. January 11, 2019. Retrieved January 11, 2019.
  7. ^ "LIU Announces Unification Into 'One LIU' Division I Program". LIU Post Athletics. Retrieved 2018-10-19.
  8. ^ "SSU Announces Move To DII". HBCU Sports. April 18, 2017. Retrieved November 4, 2017.