NCAA Division III independents are four-year institutions that compete in college athletics at the NCAA’s Division III level, but do so independently of an established athletic conference. These same institutions often compete as members of an intercollegiate athletic conference in some sports. The reason for independent status varies among institutions, but it is frequently because the primary athletic conference to which the institution belongs does not sponsor a particular sport. Independent programs for Division III:

Football independents (as of March 2012)Edit

Institution Team Location Founded Type Enrollment Primary Conference
Macalester College Scots Saint Paul, Minnesota 1874 Private 2,005 MIAC
Wesley College Wolverines Dover, Delaware 1873 Private 2,320 CAC

Basketball independents (as of July 2013)Edit

Institution Team Location Founded Type Enrollment Football Future Conference
University of California, Santa Cruz Banana Slugs Santa Cruz, California 1965 Public 15,825 No
Finlandia University Lions Hancock, Michigan 1896 Private 500 No GSAC1
University of Maine at Presque IsleOwls Presque Isle, Maine 1903 Public 1,600 No GSAC1
Mount Mary College^ Blue Angels Milwaukee, Wisconsin 1913 Private 1,929 No
Nebraska Wesleyan UniversityPrairie Wolves Lincoln, Nebraska 1887 Private 2,100 Yes
College of New Rochelle^ Blue Angels New Rochelle, New York 1904 Private 6,800 No
Rust College Bearcats Holly Springs, Mississippi 1866 Private 1,200 No
St. Joseph's College-Brooklyn Campus Bears Brooklyn, New York 1918 Private 1,261 No

^ - Women's college
† - Schools holds dual membership with the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).
1 - Finlandia and Maine–Presque Isle (UMPI) are both co-educational colleges, but they will only be competing in the Great South Athletic Conference (GSAC) for women's sports, while the men's sports will still be competing as Independents, starting effectively in the 2013-14 season.


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