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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.

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.

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.

D2 football rankings

The NCAA creates its rankings each year based on votes cast by Division 2 coaches. The votes are translated into points, and the more points a team has, the higher up on the rankings they are. The D2 football rankings are divided into super regions. Here are the top five teams in each region.

Super Region One

  1. Indiana
  2. Assumption
  3. Shepherd
  4. Findlay
  5. Slippery Rock

Super Region Two

  1. Wingate
  2. West Alabama
  3. Virginia State
  4. West Georgia
  5. Bowie State

Super Region Three

  1. Fort Hays State
  2. UIndy
  3. Ashland
  4. Ferris State
  5. Ouachita Baptist

Super Region Four

  1. Minnesota State
  2. Central Washington
  3. Midwestern State
  4. Winona State
  5. Sioux Falls

Other websites will also create their own D2 football rankings, but the top schools typically align from list to list. 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 II  
Albany, GEORGIA
South East
Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference  
NCAA II  
Philippi, WEST VIRGINIA
Mid East
Great Midwest Athletic Conference  
NCAA II  
Springfield, MASSACHUSETTS
New England
Northeast-10 Conference  
NCAA II  
San Angelo, TEXAS
Mid South
Lone Star Conference  
NCAA II  
Russellville, ARKANSAS
Mid South
Great American Conference  
NCAA II  
Ashland, OHIO
Great Lakes
Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference  
NCAA II  
Worcester, MASSACHUSETTS
New England
Northeast-10 Conference  
NCAA II  
Sioux Falls, SOUTH DAKOTA
North West
Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference  
NCAA II  
Azusa, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
Great Northeast Athletic Conference  
NCAA II  
Wilson, NORTH CAROLINA
Mid East
Conference Carolinas  
NCAA II  
Bemidji, MINNESOTA
Mid West
Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference  
NCAA II  
Columbia, SOUTH CAROLINA
South East
Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference  
NCAA II  
Waltham, MASSACHUSETTS
New England
Northeast-10 Conference  
NCAA II  
Spearfish, SOUTH DAKOTA
North West
Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference  
NCAA II  
Bloomsburg, PENNSYLVANIA
North East
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference  
NCAA II  
Bowie, MARYLAND
North East
Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association  
NCAA II  
California, PENNSYLVANIA
North East
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference  
NCAA II  
Jefferson City, TENNESSEE
Mid East
South Atlantic Conference  
NCAA II  
Salisbury, NORTH CAROLINA
Mid East
South Atlantic Conference  
NCAA II  
Wilberforce, OHIO
Great Lakes
Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference  
NCAA II  
Ellensburg, WASHINGTON
West Coast
Great Northwest Athletic Conference  
NCAA II  
Chadron, NEBRASKA
Mid West
Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference  
NCAA II  
Murfreesboro, NORTH CAROLINA
Mid East
Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association  
NCAA II  
Clarion, PENNSYLVANIA
North East
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference  
NCAA II  
Atlanta, GEORGIA
South East
Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference  
NCAA II  
Grand Junction, COLORADO
South West
Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference  
NCAA II  
Golden, COLORADO
South West
Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference  
NCAA II  
Pueblo, COLORADO
South West
Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference  
NCAA II  
Athens, WEST VIRGINIA
Mid East
Mountain East Conference  
NCAA II  
Saint Paul, MINNESOTA
Mid West
Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference  
NCAA II  
Grand Rapids, MICHIGAN
Great Lakes
Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference  
NCAA II  
Cleveland, MISSISSIPPI
Mid South
Gulf South Conference  
NCAA II  
Saint George, UTAH
South West
Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference  
NCAA II  
Ada, OKLAHOMA
Mid South
Great American Conference  
NCAA II  
East Stroudsburg, PENNSYLVANIA
North East
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference  
NCAA II  
Portales, NEW MEXICO
South West
Lone Star Conference  
NCAA II  
Edinboro, PENNSYLVANIA
North East
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference  
NCAA II  
Elizabeth City, NORTH CAROLINA
Mid East
Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association  
NCAA II  
Emporia, KANSAS
Mid West
Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association  
NCAA II  
Due West, SOUTH CAROLINA
South East
Conference Carolinas  
NCAA II  
Fairmont, WEST VIRGINIA
Mid East
Mountain East Conference  
NCAA II  
Fayetteville, NORTH CAROLINA
Mid East
Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association  
NCAA II  
Big Rapids, MICHIGAN
Great Lakes
Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference  
NCAA II  
Melbourne, FLORIDA
South East
Gulf South Conference  
NCAA II  
Hays, KANSAS
Mid West
Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association  
NCAA II  
Durango, COLORADO
South West
Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference  
NCAA II  
Fort Valley, GEORGIA
South East
Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference  
NCAA II  
Rindge, NEW HAMPSHIRE
New England
Other  
NCAA II  
Frostburg, MARYLAND
North East
New Jersey Athletic Conference  
NCAA II  
Erie, PENNSYLVANIA
North East
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference  
NCAA II  
Glenville, WEST VIRGINIA
Mid East
Mountain East Conference  
NCAA II  
Allendale, MICHIGAN
Great Lakes
Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference  
NCAA II  
Searcy, ARKANSAS
Mid South
Great American Conference  
NCAA II  
Arkadelphia, ARKANSAS
Mid South
Great American Conference  
NCAA II  
Hillsdale, MICHIGAN
Great Lakes
Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference  
NCAA II  
Indiana, PENNSYLVANIA
North East
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference  
NCAA II  
Charlotte, NORTH CAROLINA
Mid East
Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association  
NCAA II  
Frankfort, KENTUCKY
Mid East
Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference  
NCAA II  
Owensboro, KENTUCKY
Mid East
Great Midwest Athletic Conference  
NCAA II  
Kutztown, PENNSYLVANIA
North East
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference  
NCAA II  
Painesville, OHIO
Great Lakes
Great Midwest Athletic Conference  
NCAA II  
Jackson, TENNESSEE
Mid East
Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference  
NCAA II  
Hickory, NORTH CAROLINA
Mid East
South Atlantic Conference  
NCAA II  
Gaffney, SOUTH CAROLINA
South East
South Atlantic Conference  
NCAA II  
Jefferson City, MISSOURI
Mid West
Great Lakes Valley Conference  
NCAA II  
Lincoln University, PENNSYLVANIA
North East
Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association  
NCAA II  
Saint Charles, MISSOURI
Mid West
Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association  
NCAA II  
Salisbury, NORTH CAROLINA
Mid East
Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association  
NCAA II  
Lock Haven, PENNSYLVANIA
North East
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference  
NCAA II  
Mars Hill, NORTH CAROLINA
Mid East
South Atlantic Conference  
NCAA II  
Lebanon, ILLINOIS
Great Lakes
Great Lakes Valley Conference  
NCAA II  
Erie, PENNSYLVANIA
North East
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference  
NCAA II  
Houghton, MICHIGAN
Great Lakes
Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference  
NCAA II  
Wichita Falls, TEXAS
Mid South
Lone Star Conference  
NCAA II  
Fairfield, ALABAMA
South East
Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference  
NCAA II  
Millersville, PENNSYLVANIA
North East
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference  
NCAA II  
Mankato, MINNESOTA
Mid West
Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference  
NCAA II  
Moorhead, MINNESOTA
Mid West
Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference  
NCAA II  
Minot, NORTH DAKOTA
North West
Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference  
NCAA II  
Clinton, MISSISSIPPI
Mid South
Gulf South Conference  
NCAA II  
Joplin, MISSOURI
Mid West
Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association  
NCAA II  
Rolla, MISSOURI
Mid West
Great Lakes Valley Conference  
NCAA II  
Saint Joseph, MISSOURI
Mid West
Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association  
NCAA II  
Atlanta, GEORGIA
South East
Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference  
NCAA II  
Las Vegas, NEW MEXICO
South West
Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference  
NCAA II  
Newberry, SOUTH CAROLINA
South East
South Atlantic Conference  
NCAA II  
Tigerville, SOUTH CAROLINA
South East
Gulf South Conference  
NCAA II  
Tahlequah, OKLAHOMA
Mid South
Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association  
NCAA II  
Marquette, MICHIGAN
Great Lakes
Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference  
NCAA II  
Aberdeen, SOUTH DAKOTA
North West
Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference  
NCAA II  
Maryville, MISSOURI
Mid West
Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association  
NCAA II  
Alva, OKLAHOMA
Mid South
Great American Conference  
NCAA II  
Midland, MICHIGAN
Great Lakes
Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference  
NCAA II  
Cleveland, OHIO
Great Lakes
Mountain East Conference  
NCAA II  
Columbus, OHIO
Great Lakes
Great Midwest Athletic Conference  
NCAA II  
Shawnee, OKLAHOMA
Mid South
Great American Conference  
NCAA II  
Arkadelphia, ARKANSAS
Mid South
Great American Conference  
NCAA II  
New York, NEW YORK
North East
Northeast-10 Conference  
NCAA II  
Pittsburg, KANSAS
Mid West
Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association  
NCAA II  
Quincy, ILLINOIS
Great Lakes
Great Lakes Valley Conference  
NCAA II  
University Center, MICHIGAN
Great Lakes
Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference  
NCAA II  
Manchester, NEW HAMPSHIRE
New England
Northeast-10 Conference  
NCAA II  
Raleigh, NORTH CAROLINA
Mid East
Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association  
NCAA II  
Savannah, GEORGIA
South East
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference  
NCAA II  
Greensburg, PENNSYLVANIA
North East
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference  
NCAA II  
Raleigh, NORTH CAROLINA
Mid East
Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association  
NCAA II  
Shepherdstown, WEST VIRGINIA
Mid East
Mountain East Conference  
NCAA II  
Shippensburg, PENNSYLVANIA
North East
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference  
NCAA II  
Rome, GEORGIA
South East
Gulf South Conference  
NCAA II  
Slippery Rock, PENNSYLVANIA
North East
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference  
NCAA II  
Rapid City, SOUTH DAKOTA
North West
Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference  
NCAA II  
Durant, OKLAHOMA
Mid South
Great American Conference  
NCAA II  
Magnolia, ARKANSAS
Mid South
Great American Conference  
NCAA II  
New Haven, CONNECTICUT
New England
Northeast-10 Conference  
NCAA II  
Bethany, OKLAHOMA
Mid South
Great American Conference  
NCAA II  
Bolivar, MISSOURI
Mid West
Great Lakes Valley Conference  
NCAA II  
Marshall, MINNESOTA
Mid West
Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference  
NCAA II  
Weatherford, OKLAHOMA
Mid South
Great American Conference  
NCAA II  
Saint Cloud, MINNESOTA
Mid West
Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference  
NCAA II  
Easton, MASSACHUSETTS
New England
Northeast-10 Conference  
NCAA II  
Stephenville, TEXAS
Mid South
Lone Star Conference  
NCAA II  
Commerce, TEXAS
Mid South
Lone Star Conference  
NCAA II  
Kingsville, TEXAS
Mid South
Lone Star Conference  
NCAA II  
Wise, VIRGINIA
Mid East
Mountain East Conference  
NCAA II  
Tiffin, OHIO
Great Lakes
Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference  
NCAA II  
Kirksville, MISSOURI
Mid West
Great Lakes Valley Conference  
NCAA II  
Greeneville, TENNESSEE
Mid East
South Atlantic Conference  
NCAA II  
Tuskegee, ALABAMA
South East
Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference  
NCAA II  
Monticello, ARKANSAS
Mid South
Great American Conference  
NCAA II  
Warrensburg, MISSOURI
Mid West
Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association  
NCAA II  
Edmond, OKLAHOMA
Mid South
Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association  
NCAA II  
Charleston, WEST VIRGINIA
Mid East
Mountain East Conference  
NCAA II  
Findlay, OHIO
Great Lakes
Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference  
NCAA II  
Indianapolis, INDIANA
Great Lakes
Great Lakes Valley Conference  
NCAA II  
Bismarck, NORTH DAKOTA
North West
Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference  
NCAA II  
Crookston, MINNESOTA
Mid West
Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference  
NCAA II  
Duluth, MINNESOTA
Mid West
Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference  
NCAA II  
Kearney, NEBRASKA
Mid West
Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association  
NCAA II  
West Haven, CONNECTICUT
New England
Northeast-10 Conference  
NCAA II  
Pembroke, NORTH CAROLINA
Mid East
Division II Independents  
NCAA II  
Sioux Falls, SOUTH DAKOTA
North West
Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference  
NCAA II  
Odessa, TEXAS
Mid South
Lone Star Conference  
NCAA II  
Livingston, ALABAMA
South East
Gulf South Conference  
NCAA II  
Pensacola, FLORIDA
South East
Gulf South Conference  
NCAA II  
Carrollton, GEORGIA
South East
Gulf South Conference  
NCAA II  
Fayette, IOWA
Mid West
Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference  
NCAA II  
Urbana, OHIO
Great Lakes
Mountain East Conference  
NCAA II  
Valdosta, GEORGIA
South East
Gulf South Conference  
NCAA II  
Petersburg, VIRGINIA
Mid East
Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association  
NCAA II  
Richmond, VIRGINIA
Mid East
Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association  
NCAA II  
North Canton, OHIO
Great Lakes
Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference  
NCAA II  
Topeka, KANSAS
Mid West
Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association  
NCAA II  
Wayne, NEBRASKA
Mid West
Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference  
NCAA II  
Detroit, MICHIGAN
Great Lakes
Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference  
NCAA II  
West Chester, PENNSYLVANIA
North East
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference  
NCAA II  
West Liberty, WEST VIRGINIA
Mid East
West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference  
NCAA II  
Canyon, TEXAS
Mid South
Lone Star Conference  
NCAA II  
Institute, WEST VIRGINIA
Mid East
West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference  
NCAA II  
Buckhannon, WEST VIRGINIA
Mid East
Mountain East Conference  
NCAA II  
Silver City, NEW MEXICO
South West
Lone Star Conference  
NCAA II  
Monmouth, OREGON
West Coast
Great Northwest Athletic Conference  
NCAA II  
Gunnison, COLORADO
South West
Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference  
NCAA II  
Wheeling, WEST VIRGINIA
Mid East
Mountain East Conference  
NCAA II  
Liberty, MISSOURI
Mid West
Great Lakes Valley Conference  
NCAA II  
Wingate, NORTH CAROLINA
Mid East
South Atlantic Conference  
NCAA II  
Winona, MINNESOTA
Mid West
Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference  
NCAA II  
Winston-Salem, NORTH CAROLINA
Mid East
Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association  
NCAA II  
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