NCAA Division I independent schools(Redirected from NCAA Division I independent schools (basketball))
New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) was the only institution listed as a Division I Independent in baseball. In the Fall of 2016, NYIT informed the NCAA of its desire to move the baseball program to Division II with the rest of the school's athletic teams and to be immediately eligible to compete in that division, rather than transitioning back over a period of years.. This was approved by the NCAA in August 2017.
There are no independent programs in NCAA Division I basketball as of the 2017–18 season. The last Division I basketball season to feature an independent program was the 2014–15 season, in which the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) competed as such. The Highlanders were forced into independent status in 2013 with the collapse of their former home of the Great West Conference. NJIT joined the Atlantic Sun Conference (ASUN) in 2015, thus all NCAA Division I basketball teams are part of a conference.
There are currently two independent programs in NCAA Division 1 women's bowling as of the 2018-19 season.
|Kentucky Wesleyan College||Panthers||Owensboro, Kentucky||1858||Private||785||Great Midwest Athletic Conference (Division II)|
|Lewis University||Flyers||Romeoville, Illinois||1932||Private||6,573||Great Lakes Valley Conference (Division II)|
Football Bowl SubdivisionEdit
As of the next college football season of 2018, there are six NCAA Division I FBS independent schools.
|Institution||Founded||Nickname||First season||Location||Type||Enrollment||Primary conference|
|United States Military Academy
|1802||Black Knights||1890||West Point, New York||Federal||4,294||Patriot League|
|Brigham Young University||1875||Cougars||1922||Provo, Utah||Private||29,672||West Coast Conference|
|Liberty University||1971||Flames||1973||Lynchburg, Virginia||Private||15,000[a]||ASUN Conference|
|New Mexico State University||1888||Aggies||1893||Las Cruces, New Mexico||Public||18,497||Western Athletic Conference|
|University of Notre Dame||1842||Fighting Irish||1887||Notre Dame, Indiana||Private||12,179||Atlantic Coast Conference|
|University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass)||1863||Minutemen||1879||Amherst, Massachusetts||Public||29,269||Atlantic 10|
- Does not include roughly 100,000 students enrolled in online programs.
- Notre Dame remains officially an independent football team, and is not a member of the ACC in any capacity for football. However, as part of the agreement to join the ACC in other sports, Notre Dame agreed to schedule 5 games per year against ACC opponents.
Football Championship SubdivisionEdit
There will be three FCS independent schools in the 2018 season. Two of them, Hampton and North Alabama, will be independent only for that season, after which they will join the Big South Conference. Hampton joined the Big South in other sports in 2018, but due to scheduling issues could not immediately join Big South football. North Alabama moved from Division II to the non-football ASUN Conference in 2018, with the football team joining the Big South in 2019 under the terms of an alliance between the two conferences that provides any full member of either league that sponsors scholarship football with a guaranteed football home in the Big South. The third independent, North Dakota, left the Big Sky Conference to join the non-football Summit League. While North Dakota will play as an FCS independent in 2018 and 2019, it will continue to play a full Big Sky football schedule due to contractual commitments; games against North Dakota in those seasons will count in the Big Sky standings for their opponents. The Fighting Hawks will then join the Missouri Valley Football Conference in 2020.
The next FCS independent after North Dakota's move to the MVFC will be Presbyterian. In 2017, the school announced that it had started a transition to non-scholarship FCS football. The Blue Hose will leave Big South football after the 2019 season and play the 2020 season as an independent before joining the Pioneer Football League, a football-only conference made up entirely of non-scholarship FCS programs, in 2021. Presbyterian will remain a full non-football Big South member.
|Institution||Founded||Nickname||First season||Location||Type||Enrollment||Primary conference|
|Hampton University||1868||Pirates||1902||Hampton, Virginia||Private||4,500||Big South Conference|
|University of North Alabama||1830||Lions||1912||Florence, Alabama||Public||7,233||ASUN Conference|
|University of North Dakota||1883||Fighting Hawks||1894||Grand Forks, North Dakota||Public||14,906||Summit League|
There is currently one NCAA Division I independent in men's ice hockey. The Sun Devils moved up from club hockey in the ACHA to full varsity status. Arizona State began playing a full Division I schedule in 2016–17, and expected to be in a hockey conference for 2017–18, but no conference move has yet materialized.
|Arizona State University||Sun Devils||Tempe, Arizona||1885||Public||50,246||2015–present||Pac-12 Conference|
There are currently six NCAA Division I independent teams in women's ice hockey.
The Franklin Pierce Ravens moved up from Division III (where they were a member of the Independent Conference) in 2017. Its men's team plays in Division II and are a member of the Northeast-10 Conference.
The Holy Cross Crusaders moved up from Division III (where they were a member of the Independent Conference) in 2017. Its men's team plays in Atlantic Hockey. The Holy Cross women will join Hockey East for the 2018–19 season.
The Saint Anselm Hawks moved up from Division III (where they were a member of the Independent Conference) in 2017. Its men's team plays in Division II and are a member of the Northeast 10 Conference.
The Saint Michael's Purple Knights moved up from Division III (where they were a member of the Independent Conference) in 2017. Its men's team plays in Division II and are a member of the Northeast 10 Conference.
The Post Eagles were a member of the Independent Conference for the 2017–18 season. They moved up from Division III (where they were a member of the Independent Conference) in 2017. Its men's team plays in Division II as an independent, but with a cross-scheduling agreement with the Northeast-10.
|Sacred Heart University||Pioneers||Fairfield, Connecticut||1963||Private||8,532||2003–present||Northeast Conference|
|Post University||Eagles||Waterbury, Connecticut||1890||Private||7,059||2017–18||Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference|
|Franklin Pierce University||Ravens||Rindge, New Hampshire||1962||Private||2,381||2017–present||Northeast-10 Conference|
|College of the Holy Cross||Crusaders||Worcester, Massachusetts||1843||Private||2,912||2017–18||Patriot League|
|Saint Anselm College||Hawks||Manchester, New Hampshire||1889||Private||1,968||2017–present||Northeast-10 Conference|
|Saint Michael's College||Purple Knights||Colchester, Vermont||1904||Private||2,316||2017–present||Northeast-10 Conference|
There are no men's soccer independents as of the 2018 season.
The last NCAA men's soccer season which included independent schools was the 2013 season, in which five schools played as independents. All of these schools left the independent ranks after that season. Two of these are now in the Sun Belt Conference, which reinstated men's soccer as a sponsored sport in 2014; a third played in the Sun Belt for two years until joining Atlantic Sun Conference (ASUN) men's soccer in 2016. At the time the Sun Belt relaunched its men's soccer league, Georgia State University was already a full Sun Belt member, while Howard University and the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) became Sun Belt affiliates. Howard remains in Sun Belt men's soccer to this day; NJIT joined the ASUN as a full member in 2015, but remained in Sun Belt soccer for the 2015 season to honor its two-year contractual commitment to that league. Belmont University became an affiliate of the Horizon League, and the University of the Incarnate Word became an affiliate of the Western Athletic Conference.
Two schools will be independents in women's soccer in the upcoming 2018 season. The most recent departure from the independent ranks was Hampton University, which joined the Big South Conference, which sponsors women's soccer, for 2018.
|Delaware State University||Hornets||Dover, Delaware||1891||Public||3,400||Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference|
|South Carolina State University||Lady Bulldogs||Orangeburg, South Carolina||1896||Public||3,000||Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference|
There are two independent men's volleyball teams that will be competing in the 2018-19 season.
|Daemen College||Wildcats||Amherst, New York||1947||Private||3,005||East Coast Conference (Division II)|
|Urbana College||Blue Knights||Urbana, Ohio||1850||Private||1,505||Mountain East Conference (Division II)|
One Division I member, Presbyterian, will compete as a wrestling independent in the 2018–19 season. This will be the only season in which the Blue Hose compete as such, as the school will become a wrestling-only member of the Southern Conference for 2019–20 and beyond.
|Presbyterian College||Blue Hose||Clinton, South Carolina||1880||Private||1,379||Big South Conference|
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