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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 ASUN Conference
Football: Big South Conference
2018–19 2022–23 [3]
Merrimack College Warriors Northeast-10 Conference Northeast Conference 2019–20 2023–24 [4]

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)
Bellarmine University Knights Great Lakes Valley Conference ASUN Conference 2020–21 2024–25 [5]
Dixie State University Trailblazers Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Western Athletic Conference
Football: FCS independent
2020–21 2024–25 [6]
University of California, San Diego (UC San Diego) Tritons California Collegiate Athletic Association Big West Conference 2020–21 2024–25 [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)


  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. ^ "ASUN Conference Announces Addition of Bellarmine University" (Press release). ASUN Conference. June 18, 2019. Retrieved June 18, 2019.
  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. ^ "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.