Division I Colleges

NCAA DI Quick Stats:

Total NCAA division I member schools: 335
66% are Public institutions & 34% are Private institutions
Football Bowl Subdivision (also known as NCAA DI-A) includes 120 member schools
Football Championship Subdivision (also known as NCAA DI-AA) includes 118 member schools

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On this page we offer our basic search tool. With our free recruiting profiles, we offer a more advance search tool. When searching for potential colleges, you should be taking into account a lot more than just division level, sport and state. Read about the features of our free advanced search tool below.

Find Schools Based on Major, Region and Academic Requirements

With our advance school search tool you can refine your list of potential schools by things like major, regions of the US, GPA requirements and academic rankings. An example of the types of searches you can do would be: “all D1 soccer schools on the west coast with elite academic rankings and offer business majors.” This search returns 3 schools; If you were to only search by division level and region, you would have to sort through 31 programs to find the 3 you are most interested in.

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One of the most difficult aspects in recruiting is finding the programs where you fit based on your athletic ability. It doesn’t matter if the school you are considering is the right fit geographically and academically, if they don’t need an athlete like you, there isn’t an opportunity there. Our advanced roster analysis can match you with schools based on analysis of their recruiting trends. An example of the types of criteria we use to match athletes are:

  • Needs at your position/event – If a program is senior heavy at your position. or in your event, there is a high likely hood they will be looking for recruits like you.
  • Where do they typically recruit? – We look at the regions and club teams of the athletes on each team and look for trends. If there is a program that likes to recruit athletes from your teams/schools in your region that is a good match for you.
  • Do you match up athletically to the other recruits? – By tracking things like the height, weight and PR’s of the athletes on the team, we can give you a good idea if you are going to have the measureables to match up with each school.

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With over 35,000 college coaches search our free athlete profiles to identify recruits, many have started to use our other recruiting tools. A great tool for athletes looking for potential colleges is our Coach Requests where college coaches are posting the requirements and needs they have for your recruiting class. An example of our coach request are “We need a 2015 Goalkeeper with a 3.4 GPA or higher and elite travel team experience.” With a free recruiting profile you can search the coach requests and find excellent recruiting opportunities.

DI Schools by the Numbers

Northeast Region (Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland)

There are 69 DI schools in this region with an average tuition of $32,300 and an average school size 8,300 students. The largest school is Penn State with 37,000 undergraduate students. The most expensive school is Columbia University with a tuition cost of $47,000 per year.

Southeast Region (West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Tennessee, Kentucky)

There are 58 DI colleges in this region and the average school size is 11,000 students and the average tuition is $25,000 per year. The largest school is University of Central Florida with 37,000 students. The most expensive school is Duke University at $43,600 per year.

Central Region (Ohio, Indiana, Michigan ,Wisconsin, Illinois, Arkansas, Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma)

There are 43 D1 schools in this region and the average cost and school size are $26,000 and 11,000 respectfully. The largest school is Ohio State University with 48,000 students. The most expensive school is Northwestern University at $43,800 per year.

West Region (Washington, Oregon, California, Arizona, Nevada, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, Alaska, Hawaii)

There are 35 universities in the west region. These DI institutions have on average 13,000 students and cost on average $28,000 per year. The largest school is University of California Los Angeles UCLA with 27,300 students. The most expensive school is Stanford University which costs $42,200 per year.

Championships Offered at the NCAA DI Level

The following sports are offered at the DI level: Baseball, Basketball (M/W), Cross Country (M/W), Football (FBS and FCS), Golf (M/W), Lacrosse (M/W), Soccer (M/W), Softball, Swimming/Diving (M/W), Tennis (M/W), Soccer (M/W), Track and Field (M/W), Volleyball (M/W), Wrestling, Water Polo (M/W), Equestrian (M/W), Bowling (W), Gymnastics (M/W), Rifle, Skiing (M/W), Fencing (M/W), Rowing (W).

Why do student-athletes choose NCAA division 1 schools?

Division I athletes live and breathe their sport. These athletes are extremely dedicated and have stand-out talent that college coaches are looking for. Student-athletes at this caliber are able to showcase their talent at elite high school and club levels. Athletes choose to play division I so they can continue to develop and compete with the best players in the nation.

What will athletes expect when competing for a division I?

Division I athletes will find themselves completely immersed in their sport. These competitors have longer seasons and are allowed longer practice times compared to athletes of other division levels.

Do you have what it takes to play NCAA Division I?

Student-athletes not only have to be the best in their sport to be a competitor at the division I level they will also need to meet all academic and amateur requirements set by the NCAA. Learn more about the NCAA D1 academic requirements here.

When will Division 1 coaches find you?

Athletes who are recruited for division I, are often scouted out early during their high school career. This does not mean athletes who are not recruited early will have a lesser chance of being recruited; it only means to be a division I athlete you will need to work much harder at getting your name out to college coaches. Keep in mind: Coaches will not be able to recruit you if they do not know who you are.

What makes a college NCAA Division I material?

NCAA division I institutions are able to offer student-athletes a number of athletic opportunities. NCAA regulations require division I colleges to provide at least 14 sports. At least seven of the sports need to be designated for men and seven for women, or six for men and eight for women.

NCAA division I sports are divided into two groups

All division I sports are going to be classified as either an equivalency sport or head-count sport. Equivalency sports mean that not all scholarships will be full scholarships and depending on the number of team scholarships allowed they can be split up into different amounts for each player. Head count sports mean they must be awarded to student-athletes as a full scholarship.

What conferences do Division 1 colleges compete in?

Division I schools are compromised of 12 NCAA division I conferences which include; Atlantic Coast Conference, Big East Conference, Big Ten Conference, Big 12 Conference, Conference USA, Division I FBS Independents, Mid-American Conference, Mountain West Conference, Pacific-12 Conference, Southeastern Conference, Sun Belt Conference, and Western Athletic Conference.

Learn more about NCAA recruiting rules here.

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