Map of full NCAA Division II Independent schools
Map of full NCAA Division II Independent schools

NCAA Division II independent schools are four-year institutions that compete in college athletics at the NCAA Division II level, but do not belong to an established athletic conference for a particular sport. These schools may however still compete as members of an athletic conference in other sports. A school may also be fully independent, and not belong to any athletic conference for any sport at all. 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.

Full independents

Current members

Institution Location Founded Affiliation Enrollment Nickname Joined Colors Future
conference
Bluefield State College Bluefield, West Virginia 1895 Public
(HBCU)
1,800 Big Blues &
Lady Blues
2013    
University of Puerto Rico at Bayamón[a] Bayamón, Puerto Rico 1971 Public 5,014 Cowboys ?      
University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez[a] Mayagüez, Puerto Rico 1911 Public 12,079 Bulldogs ?    
University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras[a] San Juan, Puerto Rico 1903 Public 15,186 Gallitos &
Jerezanas
?    
Salem University Salem, West Virginia 1888 Private
(For-profit)
835 Tigers 2010;
2016[b]
   
Notes
  1. ^ a b c Full member of the Liga Atlética Interuniversitaria de Puerto Rico.
  2. ^ Salem left the Independent ranks after the 2012–13 school year; before re-joining, effective in the 2016–17 school year.

Former members

Institution Location Founded Affiliation Enrollment Nickname Joined Left Current
primary
conference
Colors
Emory & Henry College Emory, Virginia 1836 United Methodist 1,300 Wasps 2021 2022 South Atlantic (SAC)    

Men's sponsored sports by school

Departing members in pink.

School Baseball Basketball Cross
country
Football Golf Soccer Tennis Track
& field
outdoor
Volleyball Wrestling Total
IND
sports
Bluefield State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
UPR Bayamón Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 5
UPR Mayagüez Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 6
UPR Río Piedras Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 5
Salem Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 6

Women's sponsored sports by school

Departing members in pink.

School Basketball Cross
country
Golf Soccer Softball Tennis Track
& field
outdoor
Volleyball Total
IND
sports
Bluefield State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
UPR Bayamón Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 5
UPR Mayagüez Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 5
UPR Río Piedras Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 5
Salem Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 7

Other sponsored sports by school

School Men Women
Swimming
& diving
Water
polo
Swimming
& diving
Water
polo
Salem BMC CWPA BMC WWPA

Baseball independents

Does not include all-sports independent teams that sponsor the sport (Bluefield State and Salem), since they have been listed before.

Current member

Institution Location Nickname Primary
conference
Virginia State University Ettrick, Virginia Trojans CIAA

Football independents

See also: List of NCAA Division II football programs

Does not include all-sports independent teams that sponsor the sport (Bluefield State), since they have been listed before.

Current members

Institution Location Nickname Primary
conference
Post University Waterbury, Connecticut Eagles CACC

Soccer independents

See also: List of NCAA Division II men's soccer programs and List of NCAA Division II women's soccer programs

Does not include all-sports independent teams that sponsor the sport (UPR Bayamón and Salem men's soccer and Bluefield State, UPR Bayamón, UPR Río Piedras and Salem women's soccer), since they have been listed before.

Current members

Institution Location Nickname Primary
conference
(M) (W)
Allen University Columbia, South Carolina Yellow Jackets SIAC Green tickY
Edward Waters University Jacksonville, Florida Lady Tigers SIAC Green tickY
Shaw University Raleigh, North Carolina Bears CIAA Green tickY Green tickY

Wrestling independents

See also: List of NCAA Division II wrestling programs

Does not include all-sports independent teams that sponsor the sport (Bluefield State and UPR Mayagüez), since they have been listed before.

Current members

Institution Location Nickname Primary
conference
Allen University Columbia, South Carolina Yellow Jackets SIAC
American International College Springfield, Massachusetts Yellow Jackets Northeast-10
Ashland University Ashland, Ohio Eagles GMAC
University of Findlay Findlay, Ohio Oilers GMAC
Lake Erie College Painesville, Ohio Storm GMAC
Shorter University Rome, Georgia Hawks GSC
Simon Fraser University Burnaby, British Columbia TBC GNAC
Tiffin University Tiffin, Ohio Dragons GLIAC

Other sports

Field hockey

Does not include all-sports independent teams that sponsor the sport, since they have been listed before.

Institution Location Nickname Primary
conference
Alderson Broaddus University Philippi, West Virginia Battlers MEC
Molloy College Rockville Centre, New York Lions ECC
St. Thomas Aquinas College Sparkill, New York Spartans ECC

Golf

Does not include all-sports independent teams that sponsor the sport (Bluefield State men's & women's golf), since they have been listed before.

Institution Location Nickname Primary
conference
(M) (W)
Daemen University Amherst, New York Wildcats ECC Green tickY
Thomas Jefferson University
(Jefferson)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Rams CACC Green tickY
Post University Waterbury, Connecticut Eagles CACC Green tickY
Roberts Wesleyan College Chili, New York Redhawks ECC Green tickY
St. Thomas Aquinas College Sparkill, New York Spartans ECC Green tickY

Rowing

Does not include all-sports independent teams that sponsor the sport, since they have been listed before.

Institution Location Nickname Primary
conference
Assumption University Worcester, Massachusetts Greyhounds Northeast-10
University of Central Oklahoma Edmond, Oklahoma Bronchos MIAA
University of Charleston Charleston, West Virginia Golden Eagles MEC
Franklin Pierce University Rindge, New Hampshire Ravens Northeast-10
Thomas Jefferson University (Jefferson) Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Rams CACC
Mercyhurst University Erie, Pennsylvania Lakers PSAC

Swimming & diving

Does not include all-sports independent teams that sponsor the sport, since they have been listed before.

Institution Location Nickname Primary
conference
(M) (W)
Roberts Wesleyan College North Chili, New York Redhawks ECC Green tickY Green tickY
Simon Fraser University Burnaby, British Columbia TBC GNAC Green tickY Green tickY

Tennis

Does not include all-sports independent teams that sponsor the sport (all of them in men's & women's tennis), since they have been listed before.

Institution Location Nickname Primary
conference
(M) (W)
Augustana University Sioux Falls, South Dakota Vikings NSIC Green tickY
Colorado Mesa University Grand Junction, Colorado Mavericks RMAC Green tickY
Colorado State University–Pueblo Pueblo, Colorado ThunderWolves RMAC Green tickY
Metropolitan State University of Denver Denver, Colorado Roadrunners RMAC Green tickY

Sports not sponsored by D-II

See also: List of NCAA Division II institutions with sports not in D-II

Institution Location Nickname Primary
conference
Sport
Alderson Broaddus University Philippi, West Virginia Battlers MEC Men's volleyball
American International College Springfield, Massachusetts Yellow Jackets Northeast-10 Men's volleyball
Bluefield State College Bluefield, West Virginia Lady Blues None Bowling
California State University, Los Angeles Los Angeles, California Golden Eagles CCAA Beach volleyball
Carson–Newman University Jefferson City, Tennessee Eagles SAC Beach volleyball
Catawba College Salisbury, North Carolina Catawba Indians SAC Beach volleyball
Coker University Hartsville, South Carolina Cobras SAC Men's volleyball
Colorado Mesa University Grand Junction, Colorado Mavericks RMAC Beach volleyball
Concordia University–Irvine Irvine, California Eagles PacWest Beach volleyball
Eckerd College St. Petersburg, Florida Tritons SSC Beach volleyball
Erskine College Due West, South Carolina Flying Fleet Carolinas Beach volleyball
Emmanuel College Franklin Springs, Georgia Lions Carolinas Women's wrestling[a]
Emory and Henry College Emory, Virginia Wasps SAC Women's wrestling[a]
Florida Southern College Lakeland, Florida Moccasins SSC Beach volleyball
King University Bristol, Tennessee Tornado Carolinas Women's wrestling[a]
Limestone University Gaffney, South Carolina Saints SAC Men's volleyball
Women's wrestling[a]
Lincoln Memorial University Harrogate, Tennessee Railsplitters SAC Beach volleyball
Men's volleyball
Women's wrestling[a]
Maryville University Town and Country, Missouri Saints GLVC Men's volleyball
Missouri University of Science and Technology
(Missouri S&T)
Rolla, Missouri Miners GLVC Men's volleyball
University of Mount Olive Mount Olive Trojans Carolinas Women's wrestling[a]
Palm Beach Atlantic University West Palm Beach, Florida Sailfish SSC Beach volleyball
Post University Waterbury, Connecticut Eagles CACC Bowling
Men's ice hockey
Saint Leo University St. Leo, Florida Lions SSC Beach volleyball
Spring Hill College Mobile, Alabama Badgers SIAC Beach volleyball
University of Tampa Tampa, Florida Spartans SSC Beach volleyball
Texas A&M University–Kingsville Kingsville, Texas Javelinas LSC Beach volleyball
Tusculum University Tusculum, Tennessee Pioneers SAC Men's volleyball
Wayne State College Wayne, Nebraska Wildcats NSIC Beach volleyball
  1. ^ a b c d e f The South Atlantic Conference and Conference Carolinas, conferences that have had an established partnership in several sports under the branding of South Atlantic Conference Carolinas, have announced that they will establish a joint women's wrestling league in the 2023–24 school year.

References

See also