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Full List of Division 1 Football Teams: Find the Right Fit for Your Goals

At the Division 1 level, you’ll find the best football programs in the country. Division 1 football teams are classified in one of two subdivisions: FBS and FCS. The most elite teams are found in the FBS subdivision. These schools are allowed to give out 85 full-ride scholarships, and usually attract five-star and four-star recruits at the top of their game. However, FCS football teams are extremely competitive in their own right, with their fair share of five-star and four-star athletes, as well. FCS football teams can give out a maximum of 63 scholarships and can split up their scholarship money however they want. Learn the secrets of football recruiting.

Division 1 football teams are characterized by their rigorous schedules, and football is almost full-time job on top of the student-athlete’s academics. There’s a lot of hype around D1 football, with TV coverage of bowl games reaching households across the country. However, student-athletes who play on these teams have to be prepared to put in a lot of work and potentially not see playing time until junior or senior year—or not at all. If an athlete has the talent and love of the game, D1 FBS or FCS good be a good fit for you. Learn about D1, D2, D3 and NAIA football colleges.

How many Division 1 football teams are there?

There are 125 Division 1 FCS football teams and 129 FBS football teams. FCS, or the Football Championship Subdivision, comprises 14 conferences: the Big Sky, Big South, CAA, Independent, Ivy, MEAC, Missouri Valley, Northeast, Ohio Valley, Patriot, Pioneer, Southern, Southland and SWAC conferences. FCS football teams compete in a 24-team playoff for the NCAA Division 1 Football Championship. Find the latest college football recruiting news here.

FBS, or the Football Bowl Subdivision, consists of 11 different conferences: the ACC, American, Big 12, Big Ten, C-USA, Independent, MAC, Mountain West, PAC-12, SEC and Sun Belt conferences. FBS football teams compete in a four-team tournament culminating in the National Championship Game to determine the national champion. Everything you need to know about Notre Dame football recruiting.

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Division 1 football rankings  

With 250+ four-year institutions offering college football, researching what program is right for a student-athlete can be time-consuming and stressful. To reduce the stress and help student-athletes more easily research prospective schools, NCSA has developed Power Rankings that analyze data such as cost, academics, size and location, to rank the top D1 football schools.

  1. Stanford University
  2. University of California – Los Angeles (UCLA)
  3. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  4. University of Florida
  5. University of Michigan
  6. Princeton University
  7. Duke University
  8. University of California
  9. Georgia Tech
  10. University of Virginia

Visit the NCAA website for Division 1 FBS football rankings and Division 1 FCS football rankings

Review our full list of Division 1 football teams

In this comprehensive list of Division football teams, families can look for college football teams by state, conference, city and more. Use this information to familiarize yourself with the wealth of schools available.

Full list of Division 1 football teams

School
City and State
Region
Conference
Division
Abilene, Texas
Mid South
Southland Conference
NCAA FCS
Normal, Alabama
South East
Southwestern Athletic Conference
NCAA FCS
Montgomery, Alabama
South East
Southwestern Athletic Conference
NCAA FCS
Alcorn State, Mississippi
Mid South
Southwestern Athletic Conference
NCAA FCS
Boone, North Carolina
Mid East
Sun Belt Conference
NCAA FBS
Tempe, Arizona
South West
Pacific-12 Conference
NCAA FBS
Jonesboro, Arkansas
Mid South
Sun Belt Conference
NCAA FBS
Auburn, Alabama
South East
Southeastern Conference
NCAA FBS
Clarksville, Tennessee
Mid East
Ohio Valley Conference
NCAA FCS
Muncie, Indiana
Great Lakes
Mid-American Conference
NCAA FBS
Waco, Texas
Mid South
Big 12 Conference
NCAA FBS
Daytona Beach, Florida
South East
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
NCAA FCS
Boise, Idaho
North West
Mountain West Conference
NCAA FBS
Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts
New England
Atlantic Coast Conference
NCAA FBS
Bowling Green, Ohio
Great Lakes
Mid-American Conference
NCAA FBS
Provo, Utah
South West
Independent
NCAA FBS
Providence, Rhode Island
New England
Ivy League
NCAA FCS
Smithfield, Rhode Island
New England
Northeast Conference
NCAA FCS
Lewisburg, Pennsylvania
North East
Patriot League
NCAA FCS
Indianapolis, Indiana
Great Lakes
Pioneer Football League
NCAA FCS
San Luis Obispo, California
West Coast
Big Sky Conference
NCAA FCS
Fresno, California
West Coast
Mountain West Conference
NCAA FBS
Sacramento, California
West Coast
Big Sky Conference
NCAA FCS
Buies Creek, North Carolina
Mid East
Big South
NCAA FCS
New Britain, Connecticut
New England
Northeast Conference
NCAA FCS
Mount Pleasant, Michigan
Great Lakes
Mid-American Conference
NCAA FBS
Charleston, South Carolina
South East
Big South Conference
NCAA FCS
Charleston, South Carolina
South East
Southern Conference
NCAA FCS
Clemson, South Carolina
South East
Atlantic Coast Conference
NCAA FBS
Conway, South Carolina
South East
Sun Belt Conference
NCAA FBS
Hamilton, New York
North East
Patriot League
NCAA FCS
Worcester, Massachusetts
New England
Patriot League
NCAA FCS
Fort Collins, Colorado
South West
Mountain West Conference
NCAA FBS
New York, New York
North East
Ivy League
NCAA FCS
Ithaca, New York
North East
Ivy League
NCAA FCS
Hanover, New Hampshire
New England
Ivy League
NCAA FCS
Davidson, North Carolina
Mid East
Pioneer Football League
NCAA FCS
Dover, Delaware
North East
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
NCAA FCS
Saint George, Utah
South West
Western Athletic Conference
NCAA FCS
Des Moines, Iowa
Mid West
Pioneer Football League
NCAA FCS
Durham, North Carolina
Mid East
Atlantic Coast Conference
NCAA FBS
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
North East
Northeast Conference
NCAA FCS
Greenville, North Carolina
Mid East
American Athletic Conference
NCAA FBS
Johnson City, Tennessee
Mid East
Southern Conference
NCAA FCS
Charleston, Illinois
Great Lakes
Ohio Valley Conference
NCAA FCS
Richmond, Kentucky
Mid East
Ohio Valley Conference
NCAA FCS
Ypsilanti, Michigan
Great Lakes
Mid-American Conference
NCAA FBS
Cheney, Washington
West Coast
Big Sky Conference
NCAA FCS
Elon, North Carolina
Mid East
Colonial Athletic Association
NCAA FCS
Tallahassee, Florida
South East
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
NCAA FCS
Boca Raton, Florida
South East
Conference USA
NCAA FBS
Miami, Florida
South East
Conference USA
NCAA FBS
Tallahassee, Florida
South East
Atlantic Coast Conference
NCAA FBS
Bronx, New York
North East
Patriot League
NCAA FCS
Greenville, South Carolina
South East
Southern Conference
NCAA FCS
Boiling Springs, North Carolina
Mid East
Big South Conference
NCAA FCS
Washington, District Of Columbia
North East
Big East Conference
NCAA FCS
Statesboro, Georgia
South East
Sun Belt Conference
NCAA FBS
Atlanta, Georgia
South East
Sun Belt Conference
NCAA FBS
Atlanta, Georgia
South East
Atlantic Coast Conference
NCAA FBS
Grambling, Louisiana
Mid South
Southwestern Athletic Conference
NCAA FCS
Hampton, Virginia
Mid East
Big South Conference
NCAA FCS
Cambridge, Massachusetts
New England
Ivy League
NCAA FCS
Houston, Texas
Mid South
Southland Conference
NCAA FCS
Washington, District Of Columbia
North East
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
NCAA FCS
Pocatello, Idaho
North West
Big Sky Conference
NCAA FCS
Normal, Illinois
Great Lakes
Missouri Valley Conference
NCAA FCS
Terre Haute, Indiana
Great Lakes
Missouri Valley Football Conference
NCAA FCS
Bloomington, Indiana
Great Lakes
Big Ten Conference
NCAA FBS
Ames, Iowa
Mid West
Big 12 Conference
NCAA FBS
Jackson, Mississippi
Mid South
Southwestern Athletic Conference
NCAA FCS
Jacksonville, Alabama
South East
Ohio Valley Conference
NCAA FCS
Harrisonburg, Virginia
Mid East
Colonial Athletic Association
NCAA FCS
Manhattan, Kansas
Mid West
Big 12 Conference
NCAA FBS
Kennesaw, Georgia
South East
Big South Conference
NCAA FCS
Kent, Ohio
Great Lakes
Mid-American Conference
NCAA FBS
Easton, Pennsylvania
North East
Patriot League
NCAA FCS
Beaumont, Texas
Mid South
Southland Conference
NCAA FCS
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
North East
Patriot League
NCAA FCS
Lynchburg, Virginia
Mid East
Division I-AA Independents
NCAA FBS
Brooklyn, New York
North East
Northeast Conference
NCAA FCS
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Mid South
Southeastern Conference
NCAA FBS
Ruston, Louisiana
Mid South
Conference USA
NCAA FBS
Poughkeepsie, New York
North East
Pioneer Football League
NCAA FCS
Huntington, West Virginia
Mid East
Conference USA
NCAA FBS
Lake Charles, Louisiana
Mid South
Southland Conference
NCAA FCS
Macon, Georgia
South East
Southern Conference
NCAA FCS
North Andover, Massachusetts
New England
Northeast-10 Conference
NCAA FCS
Oxford, Ohio
Great Lakes
Mid-American Conference
NCAA FBS
East Lansing, Michigan
Great Lakes
Big Ten Conference
NCAA FBS
Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Mid East
Conference USA
NCAA FBS
Mississippi State, Mississippi
Mid South
Southeastern Conference
NCAA FBS
Itta Bena, Mississippi
Mid South
Southwestern Athletic Conference
NCAA FCS
Springfield, Missouri
Mid West
Missouri Valley Conference
NCAA FCS
West Long Branch, New Jersey
North East
Big South Conference
NCAA FCS
Bozeman, Montana
North West
Big Sky Conference
NCAA FCS
Morehead, Kentucky
Mid East
Pioneer Football League
NCAA FCS
Baltimore, Maryland
North East
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
NCAA FCS
Murray, Kentucky
Mid East
Ohio Valley Conference
NCAA FCS
Las Cruces, New Mexico
South West
Independent
NCAA FBS
Thibodaux, Louisiana
Mid South
Southland Conference
NCAA FCS
Norfolk, Virginia
Mid East
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
NCAA FCS
Greensboro, North Carolina
Mid East
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
NCAA FCS
Durham, North Carolina
Mid East
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
NCAA FCS
Raleigh, North Carolina
Mid East
Atlantic Coast Conference
NCAA FBS
Fargo, North Dakota
North West
Missouri Valley Conference
NCAA FCS
Flagstaff, Arizona
South West
Big Sky Conference
NCAA FCS
DeKalb, Illinois
Great Lakes
Mid-American Conference
NCAA FBS
Natchitoches, Louisiana
Mid South
Southland Conference
NCAA FCS
Evanston, Illinois
Great Lakes
Big Ten Conference
NCAA FBS
Columbus, Ohio
Great Lakes
Big Ten Conference
NCAA FBS
Athens, Ohio
Great Lakes
Mid-American Conference
NCAA FBS
Stillwater, Oklahoma
Mid South
Big 12 Conference
NCAA FBS
Norfolk, Virginia
Mid East
Conference USA
NCAA FBS
Corvallis, Oregon
West Coast
Pacific-12 Conference
NCAA FBS
University Park, Pennsylvania
North East
Big Ten Conference
NCAA FBS
Portland, Oregon
West Coast
Big Sky Conference
NCAA FCS
Prairie View, Texas
Mid South
Southwestern Athletic Conference
NCAA FCS
Clinton, South Carolina
South East
Big South Conference
NCAA FCS
Princeton, New Jersey
North East
Ivy League
NCAA FCS
West Lafayette, Indiana
Great Lakes
Big Ten Conference
NCAA FBS
Houston, Texas
Mid South
Conference USA
NCAA FBS
Moon Township, Pennsylvania
North East
Big South
NCAA FCS
Piscataway, New Jersey
North East
Big Ten Conference
NCAA FBS
Fairfield, Connecticut
New England
Northeast Conference
NCAA FCS
Loretto, Pennsylvania
North East
Northeast Conference
NCAA FCS
Huntsville, Texas
Mid South
Southland Conference
NCAA FCS
Birmingham, Alabama
South East
Southern Conference
NCAA FCS
San Diego, California
West Coast
Mountain West Conference
NCAA FBS
San Jose, California
West Coast
Mountain West Conference
NCAA FBS
Orangeburg, South Carolina
South East
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
NCAA FCS
Brookings, South Dakota
North West
Missouri Valley Conference
NCAA FCS
Cape Girardeau, Missouri
Mid West
Ohio Valley Conference
NCAA FCS
Hammond, Louisiana
Mid South
Southland Conference
NCAA FCS
Carbondale, Illinois
Great Lakes
Missouri Valley Conference
NCAA FCS
Dallas, Texas
Mid South
American Athletic Conference
NCAA FBS
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Mid South
Southwestern Athletic Conference
NCAA FCS
Cedar City, Utah
South West
Big Sky Conference
NCAA FCS
Stanford, California
West Coast
Pacific-12 Conference
NCAA FBS
Nacogdoches, Texas
Mid South
Southland Conference
NCAA FCS
DeLand, Florida
South East
Pioneer Football League
NCAA FCS
Stony Brook, New York
North East
Colonial Athletic Association
NCAA FCS
Albany, New York
North East
Colonial Athletic Association
NCAA FCS
Buffalo, New York
North East
Mid-American Conference
NCAA FBS
Syracuse, New York
North East
Atlantic Coast Conference
NCAA FBS
Stephenville, Texas
Mid South
Western Athletic Conference
NCAA FCS
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
North East
American Athletic Conference
NCAA FBS
Nashville, Tennessee
Mid East
Ohio Valley Conference
NCAA FCS
Cookeville, Tennessee
Mid East
Ohio Valley Conference
NCAA FCS
College Station, Texas
Mid South
Southeastern Conference
NCAA FBS
Fort Worth, Texas
Mid South
Big 12 Conference
NCAA FBS
Houston, Texas
Mid South
Southwestern Athletic Conference
NCAA FCS
San Marcos, Texas
Mid South
Sun Belt Conference
NCAA FBS
Lubbock, Texas
Mid South
Big 12 Conference
NCAA FBS
Towson, Maryland
North East
Colonial Athletic Association
NCAA FCS
Troy, Alabama
South East
Sun Belt Conference
NCAA FBS
New Orleans, Louisiana
Mid South
American Athletic Conference
NCAA FBS
USAFA, Colorado
South West
Mountain West Conference
NCAA FBS
West Point, New York
North East
Division I-A Independents
NCAA FBS
Annapolis, Maryland
North East
American Athletic Conference
NCAA FBS
Akron, Ohio
Great Lakes
Mid-American Conference
NCAA FBS
Tuscaloosa, Alabama
South East
Southeastern Conference
NCAA FBS
Birmingham, Alabama
South East
Conference USA
NCAA FBS
Tucson, Arizona
South West
Pacific-12 Conference
NCAA FBS
Fayetteville, Arkansas
Mid South
Southeastern Conference
NCAA FBS
Pine Bluff, Arkansas
Mid South
Southwestern Athletic Conference
NCAA FCS
Berkeley, California
West Coast
Pacific-12 Conference
NCAA FBS
Davis, California
West Coast
Big Sky Conference
NCAA FCS
Los Angeles, California
West Coast
Pacific-12 Conference
NCAA FBS
Conway, Arkansas
Mid South
Southland Conference
NCAA FCS
Orlando, Florida
South East
American Athletic Conference
NCAA FBS
Cincinnati, Ohio
Great Lakes
American Athletic Conference
NCAA FBS
Boulder, Colorado
South West
Pacific-12 Conference
NCAA FBS
Storrs, Connecticut
New England
Independent
NCAA FBS
Dayton, Ohio
Great Lakes
Pioneer Football League
NCAA FCS
Newark, Delaware
North East
Colonial Athletic Association
NCAA FCS
Gainesville, Florida
South East
Southeastern Conference
NCAA FBS
Athens, Georgia
South East
Southeastern Conference
NCAA FBS
Honolulu, Hawaii
West Coast
Mountain West Conference
NCAA FBS
Houston, Texas
Mid South
American Athletic Conference
NCAA FBS
Moscow, Idaho
North West
Big Sky Conference
NCAA FCS
Champaign, Illinois
Great Lakes
Big Ten Conference
NCAA FBS
Iowa City, Iowa
Mid West
Big Ten Conference
NCAA FBS
Lawrence, Kansas
Mid West
Big 12 Conference
NCAA FBS
Lexington, Kentucky
Mid East
Southeastern Conference
NCAA FBS
Lafayette, Louisiana
Mid South
Sun Belt Conference
NCAA FBS
Monroe, Louisiana
Mid South
Sun Belt Conference
NCAA FBS
Louisville, Kentucky
Mid East
Atlantic Coast Conference
NCAA FBS
Orono, Maine
New England
Colonial Athletic Association
NCAA FCS
College Park, Maryland
North East
Big Ten Conference
NCAA FBS
Amherst, Massachusetts
New England
Independent
NCAA FBS
Memphis, Tennessee
Mid East
American Athletic Conference
NCAA FBS
Coral Gables, Florida
South East
Atlantic Coast Conference
NCAA FBS
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Great Lakes
Big Ten Conference
NCAA FBS
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Mid West
Big Ten Conference
NCAA FBS
University, Mississippi
Mid South
Southeastern Conference
NCAA FBS
Columbia, Missouri
Mid West
Southeastern Conference
NCAA FBS
Missoula, Montana
North West
Big Sky Conference
NCAA FCS
Lincoln, Nebraska
Mid West
Big Ten Conference
NCAA FBS
Las Vegas, Nevada
South West
Mountain West Conference
NCAA FBS
Reno, Nevada
South West
Mountain West Conference
NCAA FBS
Durham, New Hampshire
New England
Colonial Athletic Association
NCAA FCS
Albuquerque, New Mexico
South West
Mountain West Conference
NCAA FBS
Florence, Alabama
South East
Big South
NCAA FCS
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Mid East
Atlantic Coast Conference
NCAA FBS
Charlotte, North Carolina
Mid East
Conference USA
NCAA FBS
Grand Forks, North Dakota
North West
Missouri Valley Football Conference
NCAA FCS
Denton, Texas
Mid South
Conference USA
NCAA FBS
Greeley, Colorado
South West
Big Sky Conference
NCAA FCS
Cedar Falls, Iowa
Mid West
Missouri Valley Conference
NCAA FCS
Notre Dame, Indiana
Great Lakes
Division I-A Independents
NCAA FBS
Norman, Oklahoma
Mid South
Big 12 Conference
NCAA FBS
Eugene, Oregon
West Coast
Pacific-12 Conference
NCAA FBS
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
North East
Ivy League
NCAA FCS
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
North East
Atlantic Coast Conference
NCAA FBS
Kingston, Rhode Island
New England
Colonial Athletic Association
NCAA FCS
Richmond, Virginia
Mid East
Colonial Athletic Association
NCAA FCS
San Diego, California
West Coast
Pioneer Football League
NCAA FCS
Mobile, Alabama
South East
Sun Belt Conference
NCAA FBS
Columbia, South Carolina
South East
Southeastern Conference
NCAA FBS
Vermillion, South Dakota
North West
Missouri Valley Conference
NCAA FCS
Tampa, Florida
South East
American Athletic Conference
NCAA FBS
Los Angeles, California
West Coast
Pacific-12 Conference
NCAA FBS
Hattiesburg, Mississippi
Mid South
Conference USA
NCAA FBS
Knoxville, Tennessee
Mid East
Southeastern Conference
NCAA FBS
Chattanooga, Tennessee
Mid East
Southern Conference
NCAA FCS
Martin, Tennessee
Mid East
Ohio Valley Conference
NCAA FCS
Austin, Texas
Mid South
Big 12 Conference
NCAA FBS
El Paso, Texas
Mid South
Conference USA
NCAA FBS
San Antonio, Texas
Mid South
Conference USA
NCAA FBS
San Antonio, Texas
Mid South
Southland Conference
NCAA FCS
Toledo, Ohio
Great Lakes
Mid-American Conference
NCAA FBS
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Mid South
American Athletic Conference
NCAA FBS
Salt Lake City, Utah
South West
Pacific-12 Conference
NCAA FBS
Charlottesville, Virginia
Mid East
Atlantic Coast Conference
NCAA FBS
Seattle, Washington
West Coast
Pacific-12 Conference
NCAA FBS
Madison, Wisconsin
Great Lakes
Big Ten Conference
NCAA FBS
Laramie, Wyoming
North West
Mountain West Conference
NCAA FBS
Logan, Utah
South West
Mountain West Conference
NCAA FBS
Valparaiso, Indiana
Great Lakes
Pioneer Football League
NCAA FCS
Nashville, Tennessee
Mid East
Southeastern Conference
NCAA FBS
Villanova, Pennsylvania
North East
Colonial Athletic Association
NCAA FCS
Lexington, Virginia
Mid East
Southern Conference
NCAA FCS
Blacksburg, Virginia
Mid East
Atlantic Coast Conference
NCAA FBS
Staten Island, New York
North East
Northeast Conference
NCAA FCS
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Mid East
Atlantic Coast Conference
NCAA FBS
Pullman, Washington
West Coast
Pacific-12 Conference
NCAA FBS
Ogden, Utah
South West
Big Sky Conference
NCAA FCS
Morgantown, West Virginia
Mid East
Big 12 Conference
NCAA FBS
Cullowhee, North Carolina
Mid East
Southern Conference
NCAA FCS
Macomb, Illinois
Great Lakes
Missouri Valley Conference
NCAA FCS
Bowling Green, Kentucky
Mid East
Conference USA
NCAA FBS
Kalamazoo, Michigan
Great Lakes
Mid-American Conference
NCAA FBS
Williamsburg, Virginia
Mid East
Colonial Athletic Association
NCAA FCS
Spartanburg, South Carolina
South East
Southern Conference
NCAA FCS
New Haven, Connecticut
New England
Ivy League
NCAA FCS
Youngstown, Ohio
Great Lakes
Missouri Valley Conference
NCAA FCS

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