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NCAA Division III independent schools

NCAA Division III independent schools are four-year institutions that compete in college athletics at the NCAA's Division III level, but do so independently of an established athletic conference. These institutions often compete as members of an intercollegiate athletic conference in some sports. The reason for independent status varies among institutions, but it is frequently because the school's primary athletic conference does not sponsor a particular sport.

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All-sport independentsEdit

Institution Team Location Founded Type Enrollment Football Future Conference
University of California, Santa Cruz Banana Slugs Santa Cruz, California 1965 Public 15,825 No
Maranatha Baptist University Sabercats Watertown, Wisconsin 1968 Private 1,169 No
College of New Rochelle Blue Angels New Rochelle, New York 1904 Private 6,800 No None (leaving NCAA) [a]
Trinity Washington University [b] Tigers Washington, D.C. 1897 Private 2,100 No

[a]Merging with Division II Mercy College in 2019
[b]Women's college

Football independentsEdit

Institution Team Location Founded Type Enrollment Future Conference
Keystone College Giants La Plume and Factoryville, Pennsylvania 1868 Private 1,400 Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (2020)
Thomas More University Saints Crestview Hills, Kentucky 1921 Private 1,963 Mid-South ConferenceNAIA (2019)

Baseball independentsEdit

Institution Team Location Founded Type Enrollment
Berea College Mountaineers Berea, Kentucky 1855 Private 1,613

Future memberEdit

Institution Team Location Founded Type Enrollment Previous affiliation
Mississippi University for Women Owls Columbus, Mississippi 1884 Private 2,479 USCAA

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