NCAA Division I Independent Schools (baseball)
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In American college sports, NCAA Division I independent schools are four-year institutions that do not belong to a conference for a particular sport.

Bowling

Bowling, currently a women-only sport at the NCAA level, conducts a single national championship open to members of all three NCAA divisions. As of the 2018-19 season, at least nine bowling programs compete as independents. This list is likely incomplete, as Division III independents have not yet been analyzed.

Institution Team Location Founded Type Enrollment Primary Conference
Belmont Abbey College Crusaders Belmont, North Carolina 1876 Private 1,320 Conference Carolinas (Division II)
Chestnut Hill College Griffins Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1924 Private 2,301 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (Division II)
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)
University of Nebraska-Lincoln (Nebraska) Cornhuskers Lincoln, Nebraska 1869 Public 25,260 Big Ten Conference (Division I)
Post University Eagles Waterbury, Connecticut 1890 Private 7,317 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (Division II)
Ursuline College Arrows Pepper Pike, Ohio 1871 Private 1,136 Great Midwest Athletic Conference (Division II)
Walsh University Cavaliers North Canton, Ohio 1960 Private 2,766 Great Midwest Athletic Conference (Division II)
Wilmington University Eagles New Castle, Delaware 1968 Private 20,522 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (Division II)

Football

Football Bowl Subdivision

As of the current 2018 college football season, there are six NCAA Division I FBS independent schools.

Notes
  1. ^ Does not include roughly 100,000 students enrolled in online programs.
  2. ^ 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.[1]

Football Championship Subdivision

Three FCS schools are playing as independents in the 2018 season. Two of them, Hampton and North Alabama, are 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.[2]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.[3] The third independent, North Dakota, left the Big Sky Conference to join the non-football Summit League. While North Dakota is playing as an FCS independent in 2018 and 2019, it continues to play a full Big Sky football schedule due to contractual commitments; games against North Dakota in those seasons count in the Big Sky standings for their opponents. The Fighting Hawks will then join the Missouri Valley Football Conference in 2020.[4]

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.[5]

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

Ice hockey

Men

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.

Institution Team Location Founded Type Enrollment Years Primary Conference
Arizona State University Sun Devils[6] Tempe, Arizona 1885 Public 50,246 2015-present Pac-12 Conference

Women

There are currently five NCAA Division I independent teams in women's ice hockey. The NCAA conducts a National Collegiate championship tournament open to Division I and Division II members, with a small number of Division III schools having been grandfathered into the National Collegiate level. A separate Division III championship is also held.

Four of the current independents are full members of Division II; Sacred Heart is the only current women's hockey independent that is a full Division I member. In 2019-20, another Division I member, LIU, will add women's hockey. All current independents participate in a scheduling agreement known as the New England Women's Hockey Alliance, which formed in advance of the 2017-18 season. The LIU athletic program will be formed in 2019-20 with the merger of Long Island University's two current athletic programs--the Division I LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds and the Division II LIU Post Pioneers--into a single Division I program. Shortly before the university announced its impending athletic merger, LIU Brooklyn had announced it would add women's hockey in 2019-20 and participate in the NEWHA. With the alliance now set to have the six members needed to become an officially recognized NCAA conference, it has formally organized as a conference and announced plans to gain NCAA recognition for 2019-20 and beyond.[7]

The most recent departure from the independent ranks was by Holy Cross, which joined Hockey East as a women-only member in 2018.

The Sacred Heart Pioneers moved up from Division III (where they were a member of the ECAC East) in 2003. Its men's team plays in Atlantic Hockey, which does not sponsor women's hockey.

The Franklin Pierce Ravens moved up from Division III (where they were a member of the New England Hockey Conference) in 2017. Its men's team plays in Division II as a member of the Northeast-10 Conference.

The Saint Anselm Hawks moved up from Division III (where they were a member of the New England Hockey Conference) in 2017. Its men's team plays in Division II as 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 New England Hockey Conference) in 2017. Its men's team plays in Division II as a member of the Northeast-10 Conference.

The Post Eagles have participated in the NEWHA since the 2017-18 season. They launched their women's program in 2016-17, playing as a de facto Division III independent in their first season. The Eagles men's team plays in Division II as an independent, but with a cross-scheduling agreement with the Northeast-10.

Institution Team Location Founded Type Enrollment Years Primary Conference
Sacred Heart University Pioneers[8] Fairfield, Connecticut 1963 Private 8,532 2003-present Northeast Conference
Post University Eagles[9] Waterbury, Connecticut 1890 Private 7,059 2017-present Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference
Franklin Pierce University Ravens[10] Rindge, New Hampshire 1962 Private 2,381 2017-present Northeast-10 Conference
Saint Anselm College Hawks[11] Manchester, New Hampshire 1889 Private 1,968 2017-present Northeast-10 Conference
Saint Michael's College Purple Knights[12] Colchester, Vermont 1904 Private 2,316 2017-present Northeast-10 Conference
Possible future independent
Institution Team Location Founded Type Enrollment Years Primary Conference
Long Island University (LIU) TBA[13][a] Brooklyn, New York 1926 Private 11,200 2019-future Northeast Conference
  1. ^ The nickname of the unified LIU athletic program will be determined by alumni and students of the Brooklyn and Post campuses.[14]

Soccer

Men

There are no men's soccer independents as of the 2018 season.

Women

Two schools are independents in women's soccer in the current 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.[15]

Institution Team Location Founded Type Enrollment Primary Conference
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

Men's Volleyball

Men's volleyball has a truncated divisional structure in which members of both Division I and Division II compete under identical scholarship limits for a single national championship. In the 2019 season, nine men's volleyball programs, all Division II members, will compete as independents.

  1. ^ a b c While no member of the University of Puerto Rico system is part of a recognized NCAA conference, all are members of Liga Atlética Interuniversitaria de Puerto Rico, which governs college sports competitions in both Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.

Wrestling

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.

Institution Team Location Founded Type Enrollment Primary Conference
Presbyterian College Blue Hose Clinton, South Carolina 1880 Private 1,379 Big South Conference

See also

References

  1. ^ "Notre Dame Goes To ACC: Bowl Security, Football Scheduling Flexibility Key To Move". Sports Business Daily. Street and Smith's Sports Group. September 13, 2012. Retrieved 2013.
  2. ^ Johnson, Dave (May 15, 2018). "As an FCS independent, HU releases its 2018 schedule". Daily Press. Newport News, VA. Retrieved 2018.
  3. ^ "North Alabama To Join Big South Football in 2019" (Press release). Big South Conference. December 6, 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  4. ^ "UND athletics accepts invites to The Summit League, Missouri Valley Football Conference" (Press release). North Dakota Fighting Hawks. January 26, 2017. Retrieved 2018.
  5. ^ "Presbyterian College to join Pioneer Football League in 2021" (Press release). Pioneer Football League. November 20, 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  6. ^ "Sun Devil Athletics Announces Addition of Men's Ice Hockey as NCAA Sport" (Press release). Arizona State Athletics. November 18, 2014. Retrieved 2015.
  7. ^ "NEWHA announces intent to be recognized as NCAA national collegiate women's hockey conference". USCHO.com. September 26, 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  8. ^ "Statistics :: History :: Sacred Heart :: Women's Hockey :: USCHO.com :: U.S. College Hockey Online". USCHO.com. Retrieved 2010.
  9. ^ "Statistics :: History :: Post :: Women's Hockey :: USCHO.com :: U.S. College Hockey Online". USCHO.com. Retrieved 2017.
  10. ^ "Statistics :: History :: Franklin Pierce :: Women's Hockey :: USCHO.com :: U.S. College Hockey Online". USCHO.com. Retrieved 2017.
  11. ^ "Statistics :: History :: Saint Anselm :: Women's Hockey :: USCHO.com :: U.S. College Hockey Online". USCHO.com. Retrieved 2017.
  12. ^ "Statistics :: History :: Saint Michael's :: Women's Hockey :: USCHO.com :: U.S. College Hockey Online". USCHO.com. Retrieved 2017.
  13. ^ "Women's Ice Hockey Added as Varsity Sport at LIU Brooklyn; Morgan Tabbed as Inaugural Head Coach" (Press release). LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds. September 10, 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  14. ^ "One LIU: Frequently Asked Questions". Long Island University. Retrieved 2018.
  15. ^ "Big South Adds Hampton University as Full Member" (Press release). Big South Conference. November 16, 2017. Retrieved 2017.

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