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NCAA Division 2 Football Teams: Great Athletics with a More Balanced Schedule

D2 is an interesting division, as you’ll find much of the athletic talent seen at the D1 level with a little more balance between athletics, academics and a social life. While D2 football players still must commit a significant amount of time and energy to their team, they will get more time back in their schedule than at a D1 football college.

What is Division 2 in football?

Division 2 football is an intermediate-level football division governed by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). While the overall athletic competitiveness is slightly less than that of NCAA Division 1 football, Division 2 football players are still formidable athletes! Division 2 football teams also have different parameters around the number and type of scholarships they can offer compared to the well-funded Division 1 level and the Division 3 level, which does not offer athletic scholarships. Are you interested in finding a football college?

Can Division 2 schools give full athletic scholarships?

D2 schools can give full athletic scholarships. However, unlike at the D1-FBS level, full-ride athletic scholarships are not guaranteed. Instead, coaches can divide up their scholarship money among athletes however they choose, awarding the most money to athletes in unique positions or athletes they believe can make the most impact on the success of the team. Read up on Notre Dame football recruiting.

How many Division 2 football teams are there?

There are 169 Division 2 football programs and 17 conferences, which include the CIAA, G-MAC, GAC, GLIAC, GLVC, GNAC, Gulf South, Independent, LSC, MEC, MIAA, NE-10, NSIC, PSAC, RMAC, SAC and SIAC conferences. Are you interested in the latest college football recruiting news?

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D2 football rankings 

Student-athletes researching prospective schools will undoubtably want to start by checking out the institution’s athletic programs. Although, this doesn’t mean that other aspects of the institution aren’t equally as important when it comes to finding the right college fit. NCSA’s Power Rankings provide student-athletes with a more complete picture of what each school offers. NCSA ranks schools based on location, cost, size, academics and more to determine the top D2 football schools

  1. Bentley University
  2. Truman State University
  3. Grand Valley State University
  4. Colorado School of Mines
  5. Augustana University – South Dakota
  6. Wingate University
  7. Harding University
  8. Assumption College
  9. Hillsdale College
  10. Central Washington University

To see how the NCAA ranks these programs, visit the NCAA website. We’ve compiled the full list of NCAA Division 2 football schools. Search for Division 2 college by state, conference and more below.

Full list of Division 2 football teams

School
City and State
Region
Conference
Division
Alamosa, Colorado
South West
Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference
NCAA D2
Albany, Georgia
South East
Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
NCAA D2
Philippi, West Virginia
Mid East
Mountain East
NCAA D2
Springfield, Massachusetts
New England
Northeast-10 Conference
NCAA D2
San Angelo, Texas
Mid South
Lone Star Conference
NCAA D2
Russellville, Arkansas
Mid South
Great American Conference
NCAA D2
Ashland, Ohio
Great Lakes
Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
NCAA D2
Worcester, Massachusetts
New England
Northeast-10 Conference
NCAA D2
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
North West
Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference
NCAA D2
Wilson, North Carolina
Mid East
Conference Carolinas
NCAA D2
Bemidji, Minnesota
Mid West
Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference
NCAA D2
Columbia, South Carolina
South East
Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
NCAA D2
Waltham, Massachusetts
New England
Northeast-10 Conference
NCAA D2
Spearfish, South Dakota
North West
Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference
NCAA D2
Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania
North East
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference
NCAA D2
Bluefield, West Virginia
Mid East
Independent Southeast Region
NCAA D2
Bowie, Maryland
North East
Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association
NCAA D2
California, Pennsylvania
North East
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference
NCAA D2
Jefferson City, Tennessee
Mid East
South Atlantic Conference
NCAA D2
Salisbury, North Carolina
Mid East
South Atlantic Conference
NCAA D2
Wilberforce, Ohio
Great Lakes
Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
NCAA D2
Ellensburg, Washington
West Coast
Great Northwest Athletic Conference
NCAA D2
Chadron, Nebraska
Mid West
Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference
NCAA D2
Murfreesboro, North Carolina
Mid East
Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association
NCAA D2
Clarion, Pennsylvania
North East
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference
NCAA D2
Atlanta, Georgia
South East
Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
NCAA D2
Grand Junction, Colorado
South West
Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference
NCAA D2
Golden, Colorado
South West
Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference
NCAA D2
Pueblo, Colorado
South West
Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference
NCAA D2
Athens, West Virginia
Mid East
Mountain East Conference
NCAA D2
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Great Lakes
Mid-States Football Association
NCAA D2
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Mid West
Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference
NCAA D2
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Great Lakes
Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
NCAA D2
Cleveland, Mississippi
Mid South
Gulf South Conference
NCAA D2
Ada, Oklahoma
Mid South
Great American Conference
NCAA D2
East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania
North East
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference
NCAA D2
Portales, New Mexico
South West
Lone Star Conference
NCAA D2
Edinboro, Pennsylvania
North East
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference
NCAA D2
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Mid East
Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association
NCAA D2
Emporia, Kansas
Mid West
Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association
NCAA D2
Due West, South Carolina
South East
Conference Carolinas
NCAA D2
Fairmont, West Virginia
Mid East
Mountain East Conference
NCAA D2
Fayetteville, North Carolina
Mid East
Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association
NCAA D2
Big Rapids, Michigan
Great Lakes
Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
NCAA D2
Hays, Kansas
Mid West
Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association
NCAA D2
Durango, Colorado
South West
Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference
NCAA D2
Fort Valley, Georgia
South East
Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
NCAA D2
Rindge, New Hampshire
New England
Other
NCAA D2
Frostburg, Maryland
North East
Mountain East
NCAA D2
Erie, Pennsylvania
North East
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference
NCAA D2
Glenville, West Virginia
Mid East
Mountain East Conference
NCAA D2
Allendale, Michigan
Great Lakes
Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
NCAA D2
Searcy, Arkansas
Mid South
Great American Conference
NCAA D2
Arkadelphia, Arkansas
Mid South
Great American Conference
NCAA D2
Hillsdale, Michigan
Great Lakes
Great Midwest Athletic Conference
NCAA D2
Indiana, Pennsylvania
North East
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference
NCAA D2
Charlotte, North Carolina
Mid East
Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association
NCAA D2
Frankfort, Kentucky
Mid East
Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
NCAA D2
Owensboro, Kentucky
Mid East
Great Midwest Athletic Conference
NCAA D2
Kutztown, Pennsylvania
North East
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference
NCAA D2
Painesville, Ohio
Great Lakes
Great Midwest Athletic Conference
NCAA D2
Jackson, Tennessee
Mid East
Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
NCAA D2
Hickory, North Carolina
Mid East
South Atlantic Conference
NCAA D2
Gaffney, South Carolina
South East
Conference Carolinas
NCAA D2
Jefferson City, Missouri
Mid West
Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association
NCAA D2
Lincoln University, Pennsylvania
North East
Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association
NCAA D2
Saint Charles, Missouri
Mid West
Great Lakes Valley Conference
NCAA D2
Salisbury, North Carolina
Mid East
Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association
NCAA D2
Lock Haven, Pennsylvania
North East
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference
NCAA D2
Mars Hill, North Carolina
Mid East
South Atlantic Conference
NCAA D2
Lebanon, Illinois
Great Lakes
Great Lakes Valley Conference
NCAA D2
Erie, Pennsylvania
North East
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference
NCAA D2
Houghton, Michigan
Great Lakes
Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
NCAA D2
Wichita Falls, Texas
Mid South
Lone Star Conference
NCAA D2
Fairfield, Alabama
South East
Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
NCAA D2
Millersville, Pennsylvania
North East
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference
NCAA D2
Mankato, Minnesota
Mid West
Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference
NCAA D2
Moorhead, Minnesota
Mid West
Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference
NCAA D2
Minot, North Dakota
North West
Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference
NCAA D2
Clinton, Mississippi
Mid South
Gulf South Conference
NCAA D2
Joplin, Missouri
Mid West
Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association
NCAA D2
Rolla, Missouri
Mid West
Great Lakes Valley Conference
NCAA D2
Saint Joseph, Missouri
Mid West
Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association
NCAA D2
Atlanta, Georgia
South East
Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
NCAA D2
Las Vegas, New Mexico
South West
Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference
NCAA D2
Newberry, South Carolina
South East
South Atlantic Conference
NCAA D2
Tigerville, South Carolina
South East
Gulf South Conference
NCAA D2
Tahlequah, Oklahoma
Mid South
Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association
NCAA D2
Marquette, Michigan
Great Lakes
Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
NCAA D2
Aberdeen, South Dakota
North West
Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference
NCAA D2
Maryville, Missouri
Mid West
Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association
NCAA D2
Alva, Oklahoma
Mid South
Great American Conference
NCAA D2
Midland, Michigan
Great Lakes
Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
NCAA D2
Cleveland, Ohio
Great Lakes
Mountain East Conference
NCAA D2
Columbus, Ohio
Great Lakes
Great Midwest Athletic Conference
NCAA D2
Shawnee, Oklahoma
Mid South
Great American Conference
NCAA D2
Arkadelphia, Arkansas
Mid South
Great American Conference
NCAA D2
New York, New York
North East
Northeast-10 Conference
NCAA D2
Pittsburg, Kansas
Mid West
Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association
NCAA D2
Waterbury, Connecticut
New England
Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (Division II)
NCAA D2
Quincy, Illinois
Great Lakes
Great Lakes Valley Conference
NCAA D2
University Center, Michigan
Great Lakes
Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
NCAA D2
Manchester, New Hampshire
New England
Northeast-10 Conference
NCAA D2
Raleigh, North Carolina
Mid East
Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association
NCAA D2
Savannah, Georgia
South East
Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
NCAA D2
Greensburg, Pennsylvania
North East
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference
NCAA D2
Raleigh, North Carolina
Mid East
Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association
NCAA D2
Shepherdstown, West Virginia
Mid East
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference
NCAA D2
Shippensburg, Pennsylvania
North East
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference
NCAA D2
Rome, Georgia
South East
Gulf South Conference
NCAA D2
Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania
North East
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference
NCAA D2
Rapid City, South Dakota
North West
Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference
NCAA D2
Durant, Oklahoma
Mid South
Great American Conference
NCAA D2
New Haven, Connecticut
New England
Northeast-10 Conference
NCAA D2
Bethany, Oklahoma
Mid South
Great American Conference
NCAA D2
Bolivar, Missouri
Mid West
Great Lakes Valley Conference
NCAA D2
Marshall, Minnesota
Mid West
Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference
NCAA D2
Weatherford, Oklahoma
Mid South
Great American Conference
NCAA D2
Easton, Massachusetts
New England
Northeast-10 Conference
NCAA D2
Commerce, Texas
Mid South
Lone Star Conference
NCAA D2
Kingsville, Texas
Mid South
Lone Star Conference
NCAA D2
Wise, Virginia
Mid East
South Atlantic Conference
NCAA D2
Tiffin, Ohio
Great Lakes
Great Midwest
NCAA D2
Kirksville, Missouri
Mid West
Great Lakes Valley Conference
NCAA D2
Greeneville, Tennessee
Mid East
South Atlantic Conference
NCAA D2
Tuskegee, Alabama
South East
Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
NCAA D2
Monticello, Arkansas
Mid South
Great American Conference
NCAA D2
Warrensburg, Missouri
Mid West
Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association
NCAA D2
Edmond, Oklahoma
Mid South
Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association
NCAA D2
Charleston, West Virginia
Mid East
Mountain East Conference
NCAA D2
Findlay, Ohio
Great Lakes
Great Midwest
NCAA D2
Indianapolis, Indiana
Great Lakes
Great Lakes Valley Conference
NCAA D2
Bismarck, North Dakota
North West
Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference
NCAA D2
Duluth, Minnesota
Mid West
Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference
NCAA D2
Kearney, Nebraska
Mid West
Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association
NCAA D2
West Haven, Connecticut
New England
Northeast-10 Conference
NCAA D2
Pembroke, North Carolina
Mid East
Peach Belt & Mountain East
NCAA D2
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
North West
Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference
NCAA D2
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Mid West
Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
NCAA D2
Odessa, Texas
Mid South
Lone Star Conference
NCAA D2
Livingston, Alabama
South East
Gulf South Conference
NCAA D2
Pensacola, Florida
South East
Gulf South Conference
NCAA D2
Carrollton, Georgia
South East
Gulf South Conference
NCAA D2
Fayette, Iowa
Mid West
Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference
NCAA D2
Valdosta, Georgia
South East
Gulf South Conference
NCAA D2
Petersburg, Virginia
Mid East
Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association
NCAA D2
Richmond, Virginia
Mid East
Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association
NCAA D2
North Canton, Ohio
Great Lakes
Great Midwest Athletic Conference
NCAA D2
Topeka, Kansas
Mid West
Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association
NCAA D2
Wayne, Nebraska
Mid West
Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference
NCAA D2
Detroit, Michigan
Great Lakes
Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
NCAA D2
West Chester, Pennsylvania
North East
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference
NCAA D2
West Liberty, West Virginia
Mid East
Mountain East
NCAA D2
Canyon, Texas
Mid South
Lone Star Conference
NCAA D2
Institute, West Virginia
Mid East
Mountain East
NCAA D2
Buckhannon, West Virginia
Mid East
Mountain East Conference
NCAA D2
Gunnison, Colorado
South West
Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference
NCAA D2
Silver City, New Mexico
South West
Lone Star Conference
NCAA D2
Monmouth, Oregon
West Coast
Great Northwest Athletic Conference
NCAA D2
Wheeling, West Virginia
Mid East
Mountain East Conference
NCAA D2
Liberty, Missouri
Mid West
Great Lakes Valley Conference
NCAA D2
Wingate, North Carolina
Mid East
South Atlantic Conference
NCAA D2
Winona, Minnesota
Mid West
Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference
NCAA D2
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Mid East
Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association
NCAA D2

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