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Your Comprehensive List of College Football Teams

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Your Comprehensive List of College Football Teams

College-bound football players have a lot of schools to choose from—nearly 900, in fact. The trick: Figuring out what the right program is for your athlete. A good place to start is by understanding the differences between the division levels. This will help your family determine what kind of schools to target based on athletics, academics and what your athlete is looking for in a college experience.

Use this information to help you create your target list of schools. We always advise that student-athletes include a mix of schools in their list, as you never know which division level might be right for you athletically, academically and socially until you do your research. Every day, we hear from athletes who signed with a school they never would have thought of until they broadened their school search.

Lists of football colleges at each division level

We’ve compiled the full list of football colleges at each division level. Families can sort by conference, state and college name. 

Division 1 FBS and FCS

Division 2

Division 3

NAIA

JUCO

College football coaching changes 2019

NCAA D1 FBS

  • University of Akron
  • Appalachian State University
  • Bowling Green State University
  • Central Michigan University
  • University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • University of Colorado – Boulder
  • East Carolina University
  • Georgia Tech
  • University of Houston
  • University of Kansas
  • Kansas State University
  • Liberty University
  • University of Louisville
  • University of Maryland
  • University of Miami
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Ohio State University
  • Temple University
  • Texas State University
  • Texas Tech University
  • University of Massachusetts – Amherst
  • Utah State University
  • West Virginia University
  • Western Kentucky University

NCAA D1 FCS

  • Austin Peay State University
  • Brown University
  • Bryant University
  • Charleston Southern University
  • Drake University
  • Eastern Illinois University
  • Elon University
  • Howard University
  • Jackson State University
  • James Madison University
  • Lehigh University
  • University of Maine
  • McNeese State University
  • Morgan State University
  • North Carolina Central University
  • North Dakota State University
  • Northern Arizona University
  • Savannah State University
  • California State University, Sacramento
  • Stephen F. Austin State University
  • University of Tennessee – Chattanooga
  • Texas Southern University
  • College of William & Mary

NCAA D2

  • Angelo State University
  • Arkansas Tech University
  • Dixie State University
  • East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Indianapolis
  • Kentucky State University
  • Kentucky Wesleyan College
  • Lake Erie College
  • Limestone College
  • Missouri Southern State University
  • Northeastern State University
  • Seton Hill University
  • Southeastern Oklahoma State University
  • Texas A&M University – Commerce

NCAA D3

  • Albion College
  • Aurora University
  • Bowdoin College
  • SUNY Buffalo State College
  • Concordia University – Chicago
  • Earlham College
  • Elmhurst College
  • Finlandia University
  • McMurry University
  • North Park University
  • Saint Vincent College – Pennsylvania
  • The College of St. Scholastica
  • Thiel College
  • Widener University
  • Willamette University

NAIA

  • Bethany College – Kansas
  • Carroll College
  • Lindenwood University – Belleville
  • McPherson College
  • Oklahoma Panhandle State University
  • Rocky Mountain College
  • Warner University

New college football programs 2019 

NCAA D2

  • Franklin Pierce University
  • Wheeling Jesuit University

NAIA

  • Clarke University
  • Saint Thomas University

New college football programs 2020

NCAA D2

  • Barton College
  • Erskine College

NCAA D3

  • Keystone College

NAIA

  • Madonna University

How many college football teams are there?

There are approximately 893 football colleges spanning five different division levels: NCAA Division 1, Division 2, Division 3, NAIA and NJCAA. We calculated which states have the most college football teams, and the numbers shook out like this: Pennsylvania (52), Ohio (41), Texas (37), New York (31), North Carolina (31), Massachusetts (29), Illinois (28), Minnesota (25), Virginia (24) and California (22).

How do you find college football teams looking for players?

There are a couple different ways to find college football coaches looking for players: 

  • Research football colleges’ rosters. Check out which teams have a large number of seniors leaving, as well as teams that don’t have a very deep bench in your athlete’s position. Then, contact coaches at those football colleges, sending them your recruiting profile and key recruiting information.
  • Reach out to college coaches. Send them a link to your online recruiting profile, as well as your highlight video and few key stats. Ask if they are looking to recruit athletes in your position for your grad year.
  • Use NCSA’s Roster Openings feature. College coaches with open roster spots will post a description of the type of athlete they are looking for. If you’d like more information about how to use this feature, call our team of recruiting experts at 866-495-7727.

Is FCS the same as FBS?

Unique to football, D1 football colleges are split into one of two subdivisions: The Football Bowl Subdivision (originally called Division 1-A) and the Football Championship Subdivision (or Division 1-AA). FBS football is considered the most athletically competitive division in football, with FCS football colleges not far behind. The two subdivisions are, for the most part, pretty similar. They play against each other, and players are allowed transfer from one subdivision to the other without incurring the one-year eligibility penalty. However, there are four main differences to note:

  • FBS teams can award a maximum of 85 scholarships, while FCS football colleges are permitted to give out 63 scholarships. Furthermore, FBS can only give out full-ride scholarships. FCS teams can split up their scholarship dollars however they want.
  • The FBS regular season is 12 games plus the conference championship weekend, in contrast to the 11-game regular season for FCS.
  • In post-season play, FBS teams compete in bowl games (hence the name: Football Bowl Subdivision). FCS college football teams’ postseason is a 24-team playoff, in which eight teams get byes into an NCAA college basketball-style Sweet 16.
  • Overall, FBS college football teams have more money than FCS teams, due in part to their large broadcast deals. This means, FBS football colleges tend to have top-of-the-line facilities and more expensive coaching staff.
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