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Composition and Sport Sponsorship of the NCAA Membership

As of September 2014

 

NCAA Membership Composition

  Division I Division II Division III Total
  I-FBS I-FCS I Total      
Active 125 125 95 345 306 438 1,089
Provisional         7 12 19
Candidacy         11   11
Exploratory           1 1
Voting Conference 11 11 10 32 24 43 99
Nonvoting Conference   2 16 18   24 42
Affiliated             38
TOTAL             1,299

Division III Note: Mississippi College counted as active. McMurry University counted as provisional.

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Definitions

Active Member
An active member is a four-year college or university or a two-year upper-level collegiate institution accredited by the appropriate regional accrediting agency and duly elected to active membership under the provisions of the Association bylaws. Active members have the right to compete in NCAA championships, to vote on legislation and other issues before the Association, and to enjoy other privileges of membership designated in the constitution and bylaws of the Association.

Provisional Member
A provisional member is a four-year college or university or a two-year upper-level collegiate institution accredited by the appropriate regional accrediting agency and that has applied for active membership in the Association. Provisional membership is a prerequisite for active membership in the Association. The institution shall be elected to provisional membership under the bylaws of the Association. Provisional members shall receive all publications and mailings received by active members in addition to other privileges designated in the constitution and bylaws of the Association.

Candidacy Member
Once an institution is accepted to begin the Division II membership process, it enters a candidacy period for a minimum of two years. At the completion of the two-year period, the institution receives a determination of its readiness to become a provisional member.

Exploratory Member
An institution seeking Division III membership must first complete one year as an exploratory member.

Member Conference
A member conference is a group of colleges and/or universities that conducts competition among its members and determines a conference champion in one or more sports (in which the NCAA conducts championships or for which it is responsible for providing playing rules for intercollegiate competition), duly elected to conference membership under the provisions of the bylaws of the Association. A member conference is entitled to all of the privileges of active members except the right to compete in NCAA championships. Only those conferences that meet specific criteria as competitive and legislative bodies and minimum standards related to size and division status are permitted to vote on legislation or other issues before the Association.

Affiliated Member
An affiliated member is a nonprofit coaches or sports association whose function and purpose are directly related to one or more sports in which the NCAA conducts championships or an emerging sport for women, or an association that consists of college/university administrators and has a direct connection to either the NCAA or its member institutions.

 

NCAA Sport Sponsorship

Note: These totals include sport sponsorship data provided by active and provisional members.

  Men's Women's Mixed
  DI DII DIII Total DI DII DIII Total DI DII DIII Total
Baseball 295 270 383 948                
Basketball 345 319 422 1,086 343 320 442 1,105        
Bowling         34 21 10 65        
Cross Country 311 275 401 987 342 304 423 1,069        
*Equestrian         18 4 14 36        
Fencing 19 2 12 33 23 4 15 42        
Field Hockey         77 30 162 269        
Football 250 171 247 668                
  (FBS 125)                      
  (FCS 125)                      
Golf 296 238 291 825 258 195 197 650     4 4
Gymnastics 15   1 16 61 6 15 82        
Ice Hockey 59 6 74 139 35 4 52 91        
Lacrosse 68 57 222 347 106 91 264 461        
Rifle 2     2 9 1   10 15 4 4 23
Rowing 28 3 27 58 88 16 40 144        
*Rugby         3 1 2 6        
*Sand Volleyball         43 2   45        
Skiing 11 5 14 30 12 6 14 32        
Soccer 201 212 411 824 326 264 438 1,028        
Softball         288 297 415 1,000        
Swimming & Diving 134 71 221 426 196 96 254 546        
Tennis 257 174 329 760 318 235 375 928        
Track & Field, Indoor 258 159 263 680 318 182 269 769   1   1
Track & Field, Outdoor 278 200 291 769 328 228 299 855   2 2 4
*Triathlon                        
Volleyball 21 24 68 113 328 308 433 1,069        
Water Polo 22 7 15 44 32 12 17 61        
Wrestling 76 59 93 228                

* Emerging Sport for Women