This is a list of schools in Division I of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) that play football in the United States as a varsity sport and are members of the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), known as Division I-AA from 1978 through 2005. There will be 126 FCS programs in the upcoming 2019 season. Conference affiliations are current for the 2019 season. The teams in this subdivision compete in a 24-team playoff for the NCAA Division I Football Championship. All leagues allow scholarships with the exception of the Ivy League and Pioneer Football League.

FCS programs[edit | edit source]

Team Nickname School City State Program
Abilene Christian Wildcats Abilene Christian University Abilene Texas 1919 Southland
Alabama A&M Bulldogs Alabama A&M University Normal Alabama 1912 SWAC
Alabama State Hornets Alabama State University Montgomery Alabama 1901 SWAC
Albany Great Danes University at Albany, SUNY Albany New York 1973 CAA
Alcorn State Braves Alcorn State University Lorman Mississippi 1921 SWAC
Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Pine Bluff Arkansas 1916 SWAC
Austin Peay Governors Austin Peay State University Clarksville Tennessee 1930 Ohio Valley
Bethune-Cookman Wildcats Bethune–Cookman University Daytona Beach Florida 1925 MEAC
Brown Bears Brown University Providence Rhode Island 1878 Ivy
Bryant Bulldogs Bryant University Smithfield Rhode Island 1999 Northeast
Bucknell Bison Bucknell University Lewisburg Pennsylvania 1883 Patriot
Butler Bulldogs Butler University Indianapolis Indiana 1887 Pioneer
Cal Poly Mustangs California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo California 1915 Big Sky
Campbell Fighting Camels Campbell University Buies Creek North Carolina 1925
Big South
Central Arkansas Bears University of Central Arkansas Conway Arkansas 1908 Southland
Central Connecticut Blue Devils Central Connecticut State University New Britain Connecticut 1935 Northeast
Charleston Southern Buccaneers Charleston Southern University North Charleston South Carolina 1985 Big South
Chattanooga Mocs University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Chattanooga Tennessee 1899 Southern
The Citadel Bulldogs The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina Charleston South Carolina 1905 Southern
Colgate Raiders Colgate University Hamilton New York 1890 Patriot
Columbia Lions Columbia University New York New York 1870 Ivy
Cornell Big Red Cornell University Ithaca New York 1887 Ivy
Dartmouth Big Green Dartmouth College Hanover New Hampshire 1881 Ivy
Davidson Wildcats Davidson College Davidson North Carolina 1896 Pioneer
Dayton Flyers University of Dayton Dayton Ohio 1903 Pioneer
Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens University of Delaware Newark Delaware 1888 CAA
Delaware State Hornets Delaware State University Dover Delaware 1924 MEAC
Drake Bulldogs Drake University Des Moines Iowa 1893 Pioneer
Duquesne Dukes Duquesne University Pittsburgh Pennsylvania 1891 Northeast
East Tennessee State Buccaneers East Tennessee State University Johnson City Tennessee 1920
Eastern Illinois Panthers Eastern Illinois University Charleston Illinois 1899 Ohio Valley
Eastern Kentucky Colonels Eastern Kentucky University Richmond Kentucky 1906 Ohio Valley
Eastern Washington Eagles Eastern Washington University Cheney Washington 1901 Big Sky
Elon Phoenix Elon University Elon North Carolina 1909 CAA
Florida A&M Rattlers Florida A&M University Tallahassee Florida 1907 MEAC
Fordham Rams Fordham University New York New York 1881 Patriot
Furman Paladins Furman University Greenville South Carolina 1889 Southern
Gardner-Webb Runnin' Bulldogs Gardner–Webb University Boiling Springs North Carolina 1946 Big South
Georgetown Hoyas Georgetown University Washington D.C. 1881 Patriot
Grambling State Tigers Grambling State University Grambling Louisiana 1927 SWAC
Hampton Pirates Hampton University Hampton Virginia 1902 Big South
Harvard Crimson Harvard University Cambridge[n 1] Massachusetts 1873 Ivy
Holy Cross Crusaders College of the Holy Cross Worcester Massachusetts 1891 Patriot
Houston Baptist Huskies Houston Baptist University Houston Texas 2013 Southland
Howard Bison Howard University Washington D.C. 1882 MEAC
Idaho Vandals University of Idaho Moscow Idaho 1893 Big Sky[n 2]
Idaho State Bengals Idaho State University Pocatello Idaho 1902 Big Sky
Illinois State Redbirds Illinois State University Normal Illinois 1887 Missouri Valley
Incarnate Word Cardinals University of the Incarnate Word San Antonio Texas 2009 Southland
Indiana State Sycamores Indiana State University Terre Haute Indiana 1895 Missouri Valley
Jackson State Tigers Jackson State University Jackson Mississippi 1911 SWAC
Jacksonville Dolphins Jacksonville University Jacksonville Florida 1998 Pioneer
Jacksonville State Gamecocks Jacksonville State University Jacksonville Alabama 1904 Ohio Valley
James Madison Dukes James Madison University Harrisonburg Virginia 1972 CAA
Kennesaw State Owls Kennesaw State University Kennesaw Georgia 2015 Big South
Lafayette Leopards Lafayette College Easton Pennsylvania 1882 Patriot
Lamar Cardinals Lamar University Beaumont Texas 1923
Lehigh Mountain Hawks Lehigh University Bethlehem Pennsylvania 1884 Patriot
Maine Black Bears University of Maine Orono Maine 1892 CAA
Marist Red Foxes Marist College Poughkeepsie New York 1965 Pioneer
McNeese State Cowboys McNeese State University Lake Charles Louisiana 1950 Southland
Mercer Bears Mercer University Macon Georgia 1891
Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils Mississippi Valley State University Itta Bena Mississippi 1953 SWAC
Missouri State Bears Missouri State University
Southwest Missouri State
Springfield Missouri 1909 Missouri Valley
Monmouth Hawks Monmouth University West Long Branch New Jersey 1993 Big South
Montana Grizzlies University of Montana Missoula Montana 1897 Big Sky
Montana State Bobcats Montana State University Bozeman Montana 1897 Big Sky
Morehead State Eagles Morehead State University Morehead Kentucky 1924 Pioneer
Morgan State Bears Morgan State University Baltimore Maryland 1897 MEAC
Murray State Racers Murray State University Murray Kentucky 1924 Ohio Valley
New Hampshire Wildcats University of New Hampshire Durham New Hampshire 1893 CAA
Nicholls Colonels Nicholls State University Thibodaux Louisiana 1972 Southland
Norfolk State Spartans Norfolk State University Norfolk Virginia 1938 MEAC
North Carolina A&T Aggies North Carolina A&T State University Greensboro North Carolina 1901 MEAC
North Carolina Central Eagles North Carolina Central University Durham North Carolina 1921 MEAC
North Dakota[n 3] Fighting Hawks University of North Dakota Grand Forks North Dakota 1894 Independent[1][2][n 4]
North Dakota State Bison North Dakota State University Fargo North Dakota 1894 Missouri Valley
Northern Arizona Lumberjacks Northern Arizona University Flagstaff Arizona 1915 Big Sky
Northern Colorado Bears University of Northern Colorado Greeley Colorado 1892 Big Sky
Northern Iowa Panthers University of Northern Iowa Cedar Falls Iowa 1895 Missouri Valley
Northwestern State Demons Northwestern State University Natchitoches Louisiana 1907 Southland
Penn Quakers University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia Pennsylvania 1876 Ivy
Portland State Vikings Portland State University Portland Oregon 1947 Big Sky
Prairie View A&M Panthers Prairie View A&M University Prairie View Texas 1906 SWAC
Presbyterian Blue Hose Presbyterian College Clinton South Carolina 1913 Big South[n 5]
Princeton Tigers Princeton University Princeton New Jersey 1869 Ivy
Rhode Island Rams University of Rhode Island Kingston Rhode Island 1895 CAA
Richmond Spiders University of Richmond Richmond Virginia 1881 CAA
Robert Morris Colonials Robert Morris University Moon Township Pennsylvania 1994 Northeast
Sacramento State Hornets California State University, Sacramento Sacramento California 1954 Big Sky
Sacred Heart Pioneers Sacred Heart University Fairfield Connecticut 1991 Northeast
Saint Francis Red Flash Saint Francis University Loretto Pennsylvania 1909 Northeast
Sam Houston State Bearkats Sam Houston State University Huntsville Texas 1912 Southland
Samford Bulldogs Samford University Birmingham Alabama 1902 Southern
San Diego Toreros University of San Diego San Diego California 1956 Pioneer
South Carolina State Bulldogs South Carolina State University Orangeburg South Carolina 1906 MEAC
South Dakota Coyotes University of South Dakota Vermillion South Dakota 1889 Missouri Valley
South Dakota State Jackrabbits South Dakota State University Brookings South Dakota 1889 Missouri Valley
Southeast Missouri State Redhawks Southeast Missouri State University Cape Girardeau Missouri 1902 Ohio Valley
Southeastern Louisiana Lions Southeastern Louisiana University Hammond Louisiana 1930 Southland
Southern Jaguars Southern University Baton Rouge Louisiana 1915 SWAC
Southern Illinois Salukis Southern Illinois University Carbondale Carbondale Illinois 1904 Missouri Valley
Southern Utah Thunderbirds Southern Utah University Cedar City Utah 1929 Big Sky
Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks Stephen F. Austin State University Nacogdoches Texas 1923 Southland
Stetson Hatters Stetson University DeLand Florida 1901 Pioneer
Stony Brook Seawolves Stony Brook University Stony Brook New York 1969 CAA
Tennessee State Tigers Tennessee State University Nashville Tennessee 1916 Ohio Valley
Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles Tennessee Technological University Cookeville Tennessee 1917 Ohio Valley
Texas Southern Tigers Texas Southern University Houston Texas 1947 SWAC
Towson Tigers Towson University Towson Maryland 1968 CAA
UC Davis Aggies University of California, Davis Davis California 1915 Big Sky
UT Martin Skyhawks University of Tennessee at Martin Martin Tennessee 1953 Ohio Valley
Valparaiso Crusaders Valparaiso University Valparaiso Indiana 1906 Pioneer
Villanova Wildcats Villanova University Villanova Pennsylvania 1894 CAA
VMI Keydets Virginia Military Institute Lexington Virginia 1873 Southern
Wagner Seahawks Wagner College New York New York 1927 Northeast
Weber State Wildcats Weber State University Ogden Utah 1962 Big Sky
Western Carolina Catamounts Western Carolina University Cullowhee North Carolina 1931 Southern
Western Illinois Leathernecks Western Illinois University Macomb Illinois 1903 Missouri Valley
William & Mary Tribe College of William & Mary Williamsburg Virginia 1893 CAA
Wofford Terriers Wofford College Spartanburg South Carolina 1889 Southern
Yale Bulldogs Yale University New Haven Connecticut 1872 Ivy
Youngstown State Penguins Youngstown State University Youngstown Ohio 1938 Missouri Valley


  • Alabama A&M University
  • Alabama State University
  • Jacksonville State University
  • University of North Alabama
  • Samford University


  • Northern Arizona University


  • University of Arkansas—Pine Bluff
  • University of Central Arkansas


  • California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly)
  • California State University, Sacramento (Sacramento State)
  • University of San Diego
  • University of California, Davis (UC Davis)


  • University of Northern Colorado


  • Central Connecticut State University
  • Sacred Heart University
  • Yale University


  • University of Delaware
  • Delaware State University


  • Bethune-Cookman University
  • Florida A&M University
  • Jacksonville University
  • Stetson University


  • Kennesaw State University
  • Mercer University


  • University of Idaho
  • Idaho State University


  • Eastern Illinois University
  • Illinois State University
  • Southern Illinois University Carbondale (Southern Illinois)
  • Western Illinois University


  • Butler University
  • Indiana State University
  • Valparaiso University


  • Drake University
  • University of Northern Iowa


  • Eastern Kentucky University
  • Morehead State University
  • Murray State University


  • Grambling State University
  • McNeese State University
  • Nicholls State University
  • Northwestern State University
  • Southeastern Louisiana University
  • Southern University and A&M College


  • University of Maine


  • Morgan State University
  • Towson University


  • Harvard University
  • College of the Holy Cross
  • Merrimack College


  • Alcorn State University
  • Jackson State University
  • Mississippi Valley State University


  • Missouri State University
  • Southeast Missouri State University


  • University of Montana
  • Montana State University

New Hampshire

  • Dartmouth College
  • University of New Hampshire

New Jersey

  • Monmouth University
  • Princeton University

New York

  • University at Albany, SUNY
  • Colgate University
  • Columbia University
  • Cornell University
  • Fordham University
  • Long Island University
  • Marist College
  • Stony Brook University
  • Wagner College

North Carolina

  • Campbell University
  • Davidson College
  • Elon University
  • Gardner-Webb University
  • North Carolina A&T State University
  • North Carolina Central University
  • Western Carolina University

North Dakota

  • University of North Dakota
  • North Dakota State University


  • University of Dayton
  • Youngstown State University


  • Portland State University


  • Bucknell University
  • Duquesne University
  • Lafayette College
  • Lehigh University
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Robert Morris University
  • Saint Francis University
  • Villanova University

Rhode Island

  • Brown University
  • Bryant University
  • University of Rhode Island

South Carolina

  • Charleston Southern University
  • The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina
  • Furman University
  • Presbyterian College
  • South Carolina State University
  • Wofford College

South Dakota

  • University of South Dakota
  • South Dakota State University


  • Austin Peay State University
  • East Tennessee State University
  • University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (Chattanooga)
  • University of Tennessee at Martin
  • Tennessee State University
  • Tennessee Technological University


  • Abilene Christian University
  • Houston Baptist University
  • University of the Incarnate Word
  • Lamar University
  • Prairie View A&M University
  • Sam Houston State University
  • Stephen F. Austin State University
  • Texas Southern University


  • Dixie State University (2020)
  • Southern Utah University
  • Weber State University


  • Hampton University
  • James Madison University
  • Norfolk State University
  • University of Richmond
  • Virginia Military Institute (VMI)
  • College of William & Mary


  • Eastern Washington University

Washington, D.C.

  • Georgetown University
  • Howard University

Transitioning from Division II[edit | edit source]

The following programs are transitioning from NCAA Division II to FCS. Under current NCAA rules, they must have an invitation from a Division I conference to begin the transition. During the four-year transition period, they will be ineligible (except LIU) for the FCS playoffs.

Team School City State Founded First played Conference End of transition
LIU Sharks Long Island University Brookville New York 1926 1957[3] Northeast 2019[4]
Merrimack Warriors Merrimack College North Andover Massachusetts 1947 1985 Northeast 2023[5]
North Alabama Lions University of North Alabama Florence Alabama 1830 1912 Big South 2022

Future FCS programs[edit | edit source]

One school is confirmed to be joining FCS football in the near future, transitioning from Division II—Dixie State. As such, it will be ineligible for the FCS playoffs until completing its four-year transition period in 2024.

Team School City State Current
FCS Conference
FCS Football
Dixie State Trailblazers Dixie State University St. George Utah RMAC (NCAA Division II) Independent (2020) 2006 2020 [6]

Map[edit | edit source]

List of NCAA Division I FCS football programs is located in the United States
Cal Poly
E. Washington
Idaho St.
Montana St.
N. Arizona
N. Colorado
Portland St.
Sac. St.
S. Utah
UC Davis
Weber St.
Charleston S.
Kennesaw St.
New Hampshire
Rhode Island
Del. St.
Morgan St.
Norfolk St.
Savannah St.
Illinois St.
Indiana St.
Missouri St.
ND St.
N. Iowa
South Dakota
SD St.
S. Illinois
W. Illinois
Youngstown St.
E. Illinois
Murray St.
SE Missouri St.
Tenn. Tech
Morehead St.
San Diego
W. Carolina
C. Arkansas
Incarnate Word
McNeese St.
Sam Houston
SE Louisiana
Alabama St.
Alcorn St.
Grambling St.
Jackson St.
Texas S.
N. Dakota
All FCS programs during the 2019 season. Conferences (clockwise from Northeast): purple pog: NEC, cyan pog: CAA, green pog: Ivy League, red marker: Pioneer League, red pog: Big South, orange marker: Patriot League, orange pog: MEAC, magenta marker: Southern Conference, light green marker: SWAC, dark green marker: Ohio Valley, blue marker: Southland, brown pog: Big Sky, yellow pog: Missouri Valley, white pog: Independent. Labels: 1: Sacred Heart, 2: Stony Brook, 3: Fordham, 4: Columbia, 5: Wagner, 6: Lafayette, 7: Lehigh, 8: Princeton, 9: Towson, 10: Saint Francis, 11: Duquesne, 12: Central Connecticut State, 13: Holy Cross, 14: LIU.


Notes[edit | edit source]

  3. First season of the LIU Post program that became the LIU program in 2019.
  4. Effective in 2019–20, Long Island University merged its two athletic programs—the Division I non-football LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds and Division II football-sponsoring LIU Post Pioneers—into a single D-I athletic program under the LIU name. The LIU Post football team became the new LIU football team, playing at its current home on the Post campus and joining the Northeast Conference. LIU will be immediately eligible for the playoffs, as it will be treated as a new football program of an existing D-I institution, and also will play enough Division I games in the 2019 season to potentially qualify.
  5. Merrimack began a transition from Division II to Division I in 2019, joining the Northeast Conference as a full member, including football. The Warriors are not eligible for the FCS playoffs until completing the transition.
  6. Dixie State confirmed that they will be transitioning to Division I on January 11, 2019.

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