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NCAA Division II independent schools

Map of full NCAA Division II Independent schools

NCAA Division II independent schools are four-year institutions that are not formally affiliated with any athletic conference. Schools that are members of a conference may also field intercollegiate teams in football, lacrosse, soccer, wrestling, and other sports not affiliated with a conference, usually due to their primary conference not having enough teams in a certain sport to enable sponsorship of the sport by that conference.

Contents

Full independentsEdit

Current membersEdit

Institution Location Founded Enrollment Nickname Colors
Bluefield State College Bluefield, West Virginia 1895 1,800 Big Blues & Lady Blues          
Oakland City University Oakland City, Indiana 1885 2,350 Mighty Oaks          
Salem University Salem, West Virginia 1888 835 Tigers          

Men's sponsored sports by schoolEdit

School Baseball Basketball Cross
Country
Golf Soccer Tennis Track
& Field
Outdoor
Total
IND
Sports
Bluefield State  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y 5
Oakland City  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y 6
Salem  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y 6

Women's sponsored sports by schoolEdit

School Basketball Cross
Country
Golf Soccer Softball Tennis Track
& Field
Outdoor
Volleyball Total
IND
Sports
Bluefield State  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y 5
Oakland City  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y 7
Salem  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y 7

Other sponsored sports by schoolEdit

School Men Women
Swimming
& Diving
Water
Polo
Bowling Swimming
& Diving
Water
Polo
Salem BMC CWPA ECC BMC WWPA
  • — D-I sport

Football independentsEdit

Current membersEdit

Institution Location Nickname Primary
Conference
University of North Carolina at Pembroke Pembroke, North Carolina Braves Peach Belt

Lacrosse independentsEdit

Current membersEdit

Institution Location Nickname Primary
Conference
(M) (W)
Lewis University Romeoville, Illinois Flyers Great Lakes Valley  Y
Lindenwood University Saint Charles, Missouri Lions Mid-America  Y
Notre Dame de Namur University Belmont, California Argonauts Pacific West  Y
Quincy University Quincy, Illinois Hawks Great Lakes Valley  Y
  • Lindenwood – Men's lacrosse will no longer be independent after the 2019 season, as the school will become a full member of the Great Lakes Valley Conference, which sponsors the sport.[3]

Soccer independentsEdit

Wrestling independentsEdit

Current membersEdit

Institution Location Nickname Primary
Conference
Alderson Broaddus University Philippi, West Virginia Battlers Great Midwest
American International College Springfield, Massachusetts Yellow Jackets Northeast-10
Ashland University Ashland, Ohio Eagles Great Lakes
Davenport University Grand Rapids, Michigan Panthers Great Lakes
University of Findlay Findlay, Ohio Oilers Great Midwest
Lake Erie College Painesville, Ohio Storm Great Midwest
Long Island University–Post Brookville, New York Pioneers East Coast
Notre Dame College South Euclid, Ohio Falcons Mountain East
Ohio Valley University Vienna, West Virginia Fighting Scots Great Midwest
Ouachita Baptist University Arkadelphia, Arkansas Tigers Great American
Queens University of Charlotte Charlotte, North Carolina Royals South Atlantic
Shorter University Rome, Georgia Hawks Gulf South
Simon Fraser University Burnaby, British Columbia Clan Great Northwest
Tiffin University Tiffin, Ohio Dragons Great Lakes
Urbana University Urbana, Ohio Blue Knights Mountain East
West Liberty University West Liberty, West Virginia Hilltoppers Mountain East
Wheeling Jesuit University Wheeling, West Virginia Cardinals Mountain East
  • Reclassifying institution in yellow.
  • LIU Post — Effective in 2019–20, Long Island University will merge its two athletic programs—the Division I LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds and Division II LIU Post Pioneers—into a single Division I program that will compete under the LIU name, inheriting Brooklyn's membership in the Northeast Conference. All varsity sports that are currently sponsored by either LIU campus will continue to be sponsored by the unified program.[4]

Other sportsEdit

Field hockeyEdit

Institution Location Nickname Primary
Conference
Alderson Broaddus University Philippi, West Virginia Battlers Great Midwest
Converse College Spartanburg, South Carolina Valkyries Carolinas
Molloy College Rockville Centre, New York Lions East Coast
Queens University of Charlotte Charlotte, North Carolina Royals South Atlantic
St. Thomas Aquinas College Sparkill, New York Spartans East Coast

GolfEdit

Institution Location Nickname Primary
Conference
(M) (W)
Daemen College Amherst, New York Wildcats East Coast  Y
Long Island University–Post Brookville, New York Pioneers East Coast  Y
Post University Waterbury, Connecticut Eagles Central Atlantic  Y
Roberts Wesleyan College Chili, New York Redhawks East Coast  Y
St. Thomas Aquinas College Sparkill, New York Spartans East Coast  Y
Thomas Jefferson University Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Rams Central Atlantic  Y
  • LIU Post – Merging athletic program with the Division I program of sister campus LIU Brooklyn.[4]

RowingEdit

Institution Location Nickname Primary
Conference
Assumption College Worcester, Massachusetts Greyhounds Northeast-10
University of California, San Diego La Jolla, California Tritons California
University of Central Oklahoma Edmond, Oklahoma Bronchos Mid-America
University of Charleston Charleston, West Virginia Golden Eagles Mountain East
Franklin Pierce University Rindge, New Hampshire Ravens Northeast-10
Mercyhurst University Erie, Pennsylvania Lakers Pennsylvania State
Merrimack College North Andover, Massachusetts Warriors Northeast-10
Thomas Jefferson University Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Rams Central Atlantic

Swimming & DivingEdit

Institution Location Nickname Primary
Conference
(M) (W)
University of North Carolina at Pembroke Pembroke, North Carolina Braves Peach Belt  Y
Roberts Wesleyan College North Chili, New York Redhawks East Coast  Y  Y
Simon Fraser University Burnaby, British Columbia Clan Great Northwest  Y  Y

TennisEdit

Institution Location Nickname Primary
Conference
(M) (W)
Augustana University Sioux Falls, South Dakota Vikings Northern Sun  Y
University of California, San Diego La Jolla, California Tritons California  Y  Y
  • UC San Diego – Joins the Division I Big West Conference in 2020.[5]

Sports not in D-IIEdit

Institution Location Nickname Primary
Conference
Sport
Alderson Broaddus University Philippi, West Virginia Battlers Great Midwest Men's Volleyball
Augusta University Augusta, Georgia Jaguars Peach Belt Women's Golf
Belmont Abbey College Belmont, North Carolina Crusaders Carolinas Bowling
California State University, Los Angeles Los Angeles, California Golden Eagles California Beach Volleyball
Carson–Newman University Jefferson City, Tennessee Eagles South Atlantic Beach Volleyball
Chestnut Hill College Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Griffins Central Atlantic Bowling
Coker College Hartsville, South Carolina Cobras South Atlantic Men's Volleyball
Colorado Mesa University Grand Junction, Colorado Mavericks Rocky Mountain Beach Volleyball
Concordia University–Irvine Irvine, California Eagles Pacific West Beach Volleyball
Daemen College Amherst, New York Wildcats East Coast Men's Volleyball
Eckerd College St. Petersburg, Florida Tritons Sunshine State Beach Volleyball
Florida Southern College Lakeland, Florida Moccasins Sunshine State Beach Volleyball
Francis Marion University Florence, South Carolina Patriots Peach Belt Men's Golf
Franklin Pierce University Rindge, New Hampshire Ravens Northeast-10 Women's Ice Hockey
Kentucky Wesleyan College Owensboro, Kentucky Panthers Great Midwest Bowling
Lewis University Romeoville, Illinois Flyers Great Lakes Valley Bowling
Lincoln Memorial University Harrogate, Tennessee Railsplitters South Atlantic Beach Volleyball
Men's Volleyball
Long Island University–Post Brookville, New York Pioneers East Coast Fencing (Women's only)
Post University Waterbury, Connecticut Eagles Central Atlantic Bowling
Men's Ice Hockey
Women's Ice Hockey
Queens University of Charlotte Charlotte, North Carolina Royals South Atlantic Men's Volleyball
Saint Anselm College Goffstown, New Hampshire Hawks Northeast-10 Women's Ice Hockey
Saint Leo University St. Leo, Florida Lions Sunshine State Beach Volleyball
Saint Michael's College Colchester, Vermont Purple Knights Northeast-10 Women's Ice Hockey
Spring Hill College Mobile, Alabama Badgers Southern Intercollegiate Beach Volleyball
University of Tampa Tampa, Florida Spartans Sunshine State Beach Volleyball
Texas A&M University–Kingsville Kingsville, Texas Javelinas Lone Star Beach Volleyball
Urbana University Urbana, Ohio Blue Knights Mountain East Men's Volleyball
Ursuline College Pepper Pike, Ohio Arrows Great Midwest Bowling
Walsh University North Canton, Ohio Cavaliers Great Midwest Bowling
Wilmington University New Castle, Delaware Wildcats Central Atlantic Bowling
  • Reclassifying institution in yellow.
  • Franklin Pierce, Post, Saint Anselm, Saint Michael's — Established the New England Women's Hockey Alliance, a scheduling agreement in women's ice hockey that also includes Sacred Heart, the only full member of Division I with an independent program in that sport, in 2017–18..[7] With the unified LIU athletic program set to add women's ice hockey in 2019–20 as a NEWHA member, the alliance has now organized as a full conference and is seeking full NCAA recognition as such.[8]


ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The South Atlantic Conference Announces Football Scheduling Agreement with UNC Pembroke". South Atlantic Conference. Retrieved January 13, 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Davis & Elkins To Join MEC; UNC Pembroke To Be Associate Member" (Press release). Mountain East Conference. August 30, 2018. Retrieved September 16, 2018.
  3. ^ "GLVC Admits Lindenwood University as 16th Member" (Press release). Great Lakes Valley Conference. October 4, 2018. Retrieved October 5, 2018.
  4. ^ a b "One LIU: Frequently Asked Questions". Long Island University. Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  5. ^ a b "CSU Bakersfield, UC San Diego to Join Big West Conference" (Press release). Big West Conference. November 27, 2017. Retrieved October 31, 2018.
  6. ^ "Merrimack College Accepts Invitation to Join the Northeast Conference" (Press release). Northeast Conference. September 10, 2018. Retrieved September 15, 2018.
  7. ^ "Women's Hockey Announces Scheduling Alliance for 2017-18 Season". Post University. Retrieved January 17, 2017.
  8. ^ "NEWHA announces intent to be recognized as NCAA national collegiate women's hockey conference". USCHO.com. September 26, 2018. Retrieved October 7, 2018.