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NCAA Division 3 Football Teams: High Academics, Great Athletics

NCAA Division 3 colleges are known for their smaller, more intimate campuses, strong emphasis on academics and ability to provide student-athletes with a very well-rounded college experience. NCAA Division 3 football teams are still very competitive, but athletes have the ability to create a more traditional college experience for themselves. Should you choose D1, D2, or D3 for a football college?

What is Division 3 football?

The National Collegiate Athletic Association governs the athletic programs of the colleges and universities classified as Division 3 institutions. Division 3 schools are typically smaller colleges, with the median enrollment rate at about 2,750, but they can range from 418 to more than 38,000 students. Division 3 is the largest of the NCAA division levels, with 450 member institutions. The level of competition for NCAA Division 3 football teams is generally lower than Division 1, Division 2 and NAIA schools, but that will vary from school to school. However, Division 3 football is still highly competitive, and athletes can expect to play at a level much higher than in high school. All you need to know about Notre Dame football recruiting.

Do Division 3 schools offer football scholarships?

While NCAA Division 3 football teams don’t offer athletic scholarships, they have plenty of other scholarship opportunities students can take advantage of. In fact, most student-athletes at Division 3 schools benefit from some form of financial aid. From academic scholarships, to need-based and merit scholarships, there are plenty of ways to help pay for your education if you have the grades and the resume to back it up. Find out more about college football recruiting news.

How many Division 3 football teams are there?

There are 250 NCAA Division 3 football teams in the United States. The D3 football conferences are as follows: ASC, CCC Football, CCIW, Centennial, ECFC, Empire 8, HCAC, IIAC, Independent, Liberty, MAC, MASCAC, MIAA, MIAC, MWC, NACC, NCAC, NESCAC, NEWMAC, NJAC, NWC, OAC, ODAC, PAC, SAA, SCIAC, UAA, UMAC, USA South, and WIAC.

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Division 3 college football rankings 

Where can student-athletes go to research all 240+ four-year schools with D3 college football programs? NCSA’s Power Rankings rank the top D3 schools offering college football. To rank these institutions, we analyze the factors that have the most weight in the student-athlete’s college selection progress. These factors include size, location, academics, cost and more. Using this system, we’ve identified a list of the top D3 football schools.

  1. Amherst College
  2. Williams College
  3. Pomona-Pitzer Colleges
  4. Trinity University – Texas
  5. Occidental College
  6. Carnegie Mellon University
  7. John Hopkins University
  8. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  9. Case Western Reserve University
  10.  Washington University in St. Louis

The NCAA also ranks these programs by their athletic performance. To see how the NCAA ranks these D3 programs, visit the NCAA website

To start exploring the wealth of NCAA Division 3 football schools across the country, use the following list of Division 3 football teams. Search by state, conference or school name.

List of Division 3 football teams

School
City and State
Region
Conference
Division
Adrian, Michigan
Great Lakes
Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association
NCAA D3
Albion, Michigan
Great Lakes
Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association
NCAA D3
Reading, Pennsylvania
North East
Middle Atlantic Conferences
NCAA D3
Alfred, New York
North East
Empire 8 Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Meadville, Pennsylvania
North East
North Coast Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Alma, Michigan
Great Lakes
Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association
NCAA D3
Amherst, Massachusetts
New England
New England Small College Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Anderson, Indiana
Great Lakes
Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Paxton, Massachusetts
New England
Eastern Collegiate Football Conference
NCAA D3
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Mid West
Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Rock Island, Illinois
Great Lakes
College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
NCAA D3
Aurora, Illinois
Great Lakes
Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference
NCAA D3
Sherman, Texas
Mid South
Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Danville, Virginia
Mid East
USA South Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Berea, Ohio
Great Lakes
Ohio Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Lewiston, Maine
New England
New England Small College Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Worcester, Massachusetts
New England
Commonwealth Coast Conference
NCAA D3
Jackson, Mississippi
Mid South
American Southwest Conference
NCAA D3
Beloit, Wisconsin
Great Lakes
Midwest Conference
NCAA D3
Lisle, Illinois
Great Lakes
Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference
NCAA D3
Mount Berry, Georgia
South East
Southern Athletic Association
NCAA D3
Bethany, West Virginia
Mid East
Presidents' Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Mid West
Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Birmingham, Alabama
South East
Southern Athletic Association
NCAA D3
Bluffton, Ohio
Great Lakes
Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Brunswick, Maine
New England
New England Small College Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Brevard, North Carolina
Mid East
South Atlantic Conference
NCAA D3
Bridgewater, Virginia
Mid East
Old Dominion Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Bridgewater, Massachusetts
New England
Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Storm Lake, Iowa
Mid West
American Rivers Conference
NCAA D3
Thousand Oaks, California
West Coast
Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Columbus, Ohio
Great Lakes
Ohio Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Northfield, Minnesota
Mid West
Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
North East
University Athletic Association
NCAA D3
Waukesha, Wisconsin
Great Lakes
College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
NCAA D3
Kenosha, Wisconsin
Great Lakes
College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
NCAA D3
Cleveland, Ohio
Great Lakes
Presidents' Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Castleton, Vermont
New England
Eastern Collegiate Football Conference
NCAA D3
Washington, District Of Columbia
North East
New England Women's & Men's Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Pella, Iowa
Mid West
American Rivers Conference
NCAA D3
Danville, Kentucky
Mid East
Southern Athletic Association
NCAA D3
Orange, California
West Coast
Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Newport News, Virginia
Mid East
New Jersey Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Claremont, California
West Coast
Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Mid West
American Rivers Conference
NCAA D3
Waterville, Maine
New England
New England Small College Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Wooster, Ohio
Great Lakes
North Coast Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Moorhead, Minnesota
Mid West
Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
River Forest, Illinois
Great Lakes
Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference
NCAA D3
Mequon, Wisconsin
Great Lakes
Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference
NCAA D3
Mount Vernon, Iowa
Mid West
Midwest Conference
NCAA D3
Saint Bonifacius, Minnesota
Mid West
Upper Midwest Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Milton, Massachusetts
New England
Commonwealth Coast Conference
NCAA D3
Franklin, Massachusetts
New England
Eastern Collegiate Football Conference
NCAA D3
Defiance, Ohio
Great Lakes
Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Doylestown, Pennsylvania
North East
Middle Atlantic Conferences
NCAA D3
Granville, Ohio
Great Lakes
North Coast Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Greencastle, Indiana
Great Lakes
North Coast Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Carlisle, Pennsylvania
North East
Centennial Conference
NCAA D3
Marshall, Texas
Mid South
American Southwest Conference
NCAA D3
Elmhurst, Illinois
Great Lakes
College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
NCAA D3
Emory, Virginia
Mid East
Old Dominion Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Beverly, Massachusetts
New England
Commonwealth Coast Conference
NCAA D3
Eureka, Illinois
Great Lakes
Northern Athletic Collegiate Conference
NCAA D3
Madison, New Jersey
North East
Middle Atlantic Conferences
NCAA D3
Ferrum, Virginia
Mid East
Old Dominion Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Hancock, Michigan
Great Lakes
Coast-To-Coast Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Fitchburg, Massachusetts
New England
Massachussetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Framingham, Massachusetts
New England
Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
North East
Centennial Conference
NCAA D3
Franklin, Indiana
Great Lakes
Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Washington, District Of Columbia
North East
Eastern Collegiate Football Conference
NCAA D3
Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania
North East
Presidents' Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Newberg, Oregon
West Coast
Northwest Conference
NCAA D3
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
North East
Centennial Conference
NCAA D3
Greensboro, North Carolina
Mid East
USA South Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Greenville, Illinois
Great Lakes
Upper Midwest Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Grinnell, Iowa
Mid West
Midwest Conference
NCAA D3
Grove City, Pennsylvania
North East
Presidents' Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Greensboro, North Carolina
Mid East
Old Dominion Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Saint Peter, Minnesota
Mid West
Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Clinton, New York
North East
New England Small College Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Mid West
Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Hampden Sydney, Virginia
Mid East
Old Dominion Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Hanover, Indiana
Great Lakes
Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Abilene, Texas
Mid South
American Southwest Conference
NCAA D3
Oneonta, New York
North East
Empire 8 Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Tiffin, Ohio
Great Lakes
Ohio Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Conway, Arkansas
Mid South
Southern Athletic Association
NCAA D3
Hiram, Ohio
Great Lakes
North Coast Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Geneva, New York
North East
Liberty League
NCAA D3
Holland, Michigan
Great Lakes
Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association
NCAA D3
Brownwood, Texas
Mid South
American Southwest Conference
NCAA D3
Montgomery, Alabama
South East
USA South Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Bangor, Maine
New England
Commonwealth Coast Conference
NCAA D3
Jacksonville, Illinois
Great Lakes
Midwest Conference
NCAA D3
Bloomington, Illinois
Great Lakes
College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
NCAA D3
Ithaca, New York
North East
Liberty League
NCAA D3
University Heights, Ohio
Great Lakes
Ohio Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Baltimore, Maryland
North East
Centennial Conference
NCAA D3
Pennsylvania
North East
Centennial Conference
NCAA D3
Kalamazoo, Michigan
Great Lakes
Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association
NCAA D3
Union, New Jersey
North East
New Jersey Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Gambier, Ohio
Great Lakes
North Coast Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
La Plume, Pennsylvania
North East
Eastern Collegiate Football Conference
NCAA D3
Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
North East
Middle Atlantic Conference
NCAA D3
Galesburg, Illinois
Great Lakes
Midwest Conference
NCAA D3
LaGrange, Georgia
South East
USA South Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Lake Forest, Illinois
Great Lakes
Midwest Conference
NCAA D3
Plymouth, Wisconsin
Great Lakes
Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference
NCAA D3
Appleton, Wisconsin
Great Lakes
Midwest Conference
NCAA D3
Annville, Pennsylvania
North East
Middle Atlantic Conferences
NCAA D3
Portland, Oregon
West Coast
Northwest Conference
NCAA D3
Oregon
West Coast
Northwest Conference
NCAA D3
Dubuque, Iowa
Mid West
American Rivers Conference
NCAA D3
Pineville, Louisiana
Mid South
American Southwest Conference
NCAA D3
Decorah, Iowa
Mid West
American Rivers Conference
NCAA D3
Williamsport, Pennsylvania
North East
Middle Atlantic Conferences
NCAA D3
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Mid West
Midwest Conference
NCAA D3
North Manchester, Indiana
Great Lakes
Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Marietta, Ohio
Great Lakes
Ohio Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
New Ulm, Minnesota
Mid West
Upper Midwest Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Maryville, Tennessee
Mid East
USA South Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Cambridge, Massachusetts
New England
New England Women's & Men's Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Westminster, Maryland
North East
Centennial Conference
NCAA D3
Abilene, Texas
Mid South
American Southwest Conference
NCAA D3
Fayetteville, North Carolina
Mid East
USA South Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Middlebury, Vermont
New England
New England Small College Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Decatur, Illinois
Great Lakes
College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
NCAA D3
Jackson, Mississippi
Mid South
Southern Athletic Association
NCAA D3
Dallas, Pennsylvania
North East
Middle Atlantic Conferences
NCAA D3
Monmouth, Illinois
Great Lakes
Midwest Conference
NCAA D3
Montclair, New Jersey
North East
New Jersey Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
North East
Landmark Conference 
NCAA D3
Cincinnati, Ohio
Great Lakes
Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Allentown, Pennsylvania
North East
Centennial Conference
NCAA D3
New Concord, Ohio
Great Lakes
Ohio Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Lincoln, Nebraska
Mid West
Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Dudley, Massachusetts
New England
Commonwealth Coast Football
NCAA D3
Rocky Mount, North Carolina
Mid East
USA South Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Naperville, Illinois
Great Lakes
College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
NCAA D3
Chicago, Illinois
Great Lakes
College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
NCAA D3
Northfield, Vermont
New England
Great Northeast Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Oberlin, Ohio
Great Lakes
North Coast Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Ada, Ohio
Great Lakes
Ohio Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Delaware, Ohio
Great Lakes
North Coast Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Olivet, Michigan
Great Lakes
Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association
NCAA D3
Westerville, Ohio
Great Lakes
Ohio Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Tacoma, Washington
West Coast
Northwest Conference
NCAA D3
Forest Grove, Oregon
West Coast
Northwest Conference
NCAA D3
Plymouth, New Hampshire
New England
Little East Conference
NCAA D3
Claremont, California
West Coast
Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Ashland, Virginia
Mid East
Old Dominion Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Troy, New York
North East
Liberty League
NCAA D3
Memphis, Tennessee
Mid East
Southern Athletic Association
NCAA D3
Ripon, Wisconsin
Great Lakes
Midwest Conference
NCAA D3
Rockford, Illinois
Great Lakes
Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference
NCAA D3
Terre Haute, Indiana
Great Lakes
Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Glassboro, New Jersey
North East
New Jersey Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Collegeville, Minnesota
Mid West
Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Latrobe, Pennsylvania
North East
Presidents' Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Salisbury, Maryland
North East
New Jersey Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Newport, Rhode Island
New England
Commonwealth Coast Football
NCAA D3
Sewanee, Tennessee
Mid East
Southern Athletic Association
NCAA D3
Winchester, Virginia
Mid East
Old Dominion Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Indianola, Iowa
Mid West
Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Buena Vista, Virginia
Mid East
Capital Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Georgetown, Texas
Mid South
Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Springfield, Massachusetts
New England
New England Women's & Men's Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Rochester, New York
North East
Empire 8 Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Canton, New York
North East
Liberty League
NCAA D3
De Pere, Wisconsin
Great Lakes
Midwest Conference
NCAA D3
Northfield, Minnesota
Mid West
Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Stevenson, Maryland
North East
Middle Atlantic Conferences
NCAA D3
Alpine, Texas
Mid South
American Southwest Conference
NCAA D3
Buffalo, New York
North East
State University of New York Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Brockport, New York
North East
Empire 8 Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Cortland, New York
North East
State University of New York Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Throggs Neck, New York
North East
Eastern Collegiate Football Conference
NCAA D3
Morrisville, New York
North East
Empire 8 Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania
North East
Centennial Conference
NCAA D3
Seguin, Texas
Mid South
American Southwest Conference
NCAA D3
Ewing, New Jersey
North East
New Jersey Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Duluth, Minnesota
Mid West
Northern Collegiate Hockey Association 
NCAA D3
Greenville, Pennsylvania
North East
Presidents' Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Angola, Indiana
Great Lakes
Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association
NCAA D3
Hartford, Connecticut
New England
New England Small College Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
San Antonio, Texas
Mid South
Southern Athletic Association
NCAA D3
Medford, Massachusetts
New England
New England Small College Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Schenectady, New York
North East
Liberty League
NCAA D3
New London, Connecticut
New England
New England Women's & Men's Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Kings Point, New York
North East
New England Women's & Men's Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Chicago, Illinois
Great Lakes
University Athletic Association
NCAA D3
Dubuque, Iowa
Mid West
Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
La Verne, California
West Coast
Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Belton, Texas
Mid South
American Southwest Conference
NCAA D3
North Dartmouth, Massachusetts
New England
Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Morris, Minnesota
Mid West
Upper Midwest Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Alliance, Ohio
Great Lakes
Ohio Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Biddeford, Maine
New England
Commonwealth Coast Conference
NCAA D3
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Mid West
Upper Midwest Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Tacoma, Washington
West Coast
Northwest Conference
NCAA D3
Redlands, California
West Coast
Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Rochester, New York
North East
University Athletic Association
NCAA D3
Eau Claire, Wisconsin
Great Lakes
Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
La Crosse, Wisconsin
Great Lakes
Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Oshkosh, Wisconsin
Great Lakes
Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Platteville, Wisconsin
Great Lakes
Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
River Falls, Wisconsin
Great Lakes
Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Stevens Point, Wisconsin
Great Lakes
Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Menomonie, Wisconsin
Great Lakes
Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Whitewater, Wisconsin
Great Lakes
Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Collegeville, Pennsylvania
North East
Centennial Conference
NCAA D3
Utica, New York
North East
Empire 8 Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Crawfordsville, Indiana
Great Lakes
North Coast Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Waverly, Iowa
Mid West
American Rivers COnference
NCAA D3
Washington, Pennsylvania
North East
Presidents' Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Lexington, Virginia
Mid East
Old Dominion Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Saint Louis, Missouri
Mid West
Collegiate Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin
NCAA D3
Waynesburg, Pennsylvania
North East
Presidents' Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Dover, Delaware
North East
New Jersey Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Middletown, Connecticut
New England
New England Small College Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Danbury, Connecticut
New England
Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Springfield, Massachusetts
New England
Commonwealth Coast Football
NCAA D3
Westfield, Massachusetts
New England
Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Fulton, Missouri
Mid West
St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
New Wilmington, Pennsylvania
North East
Presidents' Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Wheaton, Illinois
Great Lakes
College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
NCAA D3
Whittier, California
West Coast
Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Spokane, Washington
West Coast
Northwest Conference
NCAA D3
Chester, Pennsylvania
North East
Middle Atlantic Conferences
NCAA D3
Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
North East
Middle Atlantic Conferences
NCAA D3
Salem, Oregon
West Coast
Northwest Conference
NCAA D3
Wayne, New Jersey
North East
New Jersey Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Williamstown, Massachusetts
New England
New England Small College Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Wilmington, Ohio
Great Lakes
Ohio Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Springfield, Ohio
Great Lakes
North Coast Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Worcester, Massachusetts
New England
New England Women's & Men's Athletic Conference
NCAA D3
Worcester, Massachusetts
New England
Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference
NCAA D3

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