California Division II Colleges

California Division II Colleges

A "Division II college" or "Division II school" is a designation made about a college or university's athletic program. The designation is given by the NCAA, the National College Athletic Association, which was established in 1906.

There are three divisions in the NCAA's designation. Division I schools are generally larger universities with at least 14 athletic teams and programs. These schools offer substantial athletic scholarships, and student athletes are regularly recruited to professional teams. Division II schools are smaller, and student athletes tend to finance their own education with small assistance from athletic scholarships. Division III schools are the smallest in the Association and are not permitted to offer athletic scholarships.

1 Division II Colleges in California

There are a significant number of Division II colleges in the state of California; 23 to be exact. The Division II colleges in California are:

  • Academy of Art University 
  • Azusa Pacific University
  • Biola University 
  • California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
  • California Baptist University
  • California State University, Monterey Bay
  • California State University, Chico
  • California State University, Dominguez Hills
  • California State University, East Bay
  • California State University, Los Angeles
  • California State University, San Bernardino
  • California State University, Stanislaus
  • California State University, San Marcos
  • California University of Pennsylvania
  • University of California, San Diego
  • Concordia University Irvine
  • Fresno Pacific University
  • Holy Names University
  • Humboldt State University
  • Notre Dame de Namur University
  • Point Loma Nazarene University
  • San Francisco State University
  • Sonoma State University

2 Division II Colleges By State

Nearly every state in the union has a Division II college. You can sort out Division II colleges by state, in order to find the ones in your area, or in an area where you would like to attend school.

Alaska has only two Division II colleges :

  • University of Alaska Anchorage
  • University of Alaska Fairbanks

Alabama has eight Division II colleges:

  • University of Alabama in Huntsville
  • Auburn University at Montgomery
  • Miles College
  • University of Montevallo
  • University of North Alabama
  • Spring Hill College
  • Tuskegee University
  • University of West Alabama

Arkansas has seven Division II colleges:

  • Arkansas Tech University
  • University of Arkansas, Fort Smith
  • University of Arkansas, Monticello
  • Harding University
  • Henderson State University
  • Ouachita Baptist University
  • Southern Arkansas University

Colorado has 10 Division II colleges:

  • Adams State University
  • Colorado Christian University
  • Colorado Mesa University
  • Colorado School of Mines
  • Colorado State University-Pueblo
  • University of Colorado, Colorado Springs
  • Fort Lewis College
  • Metropolitan State University of Denver
  • Regis University (Colorado)
  • Western State Colorado University

Connecticut has four Division II colleges:

  • University of Bridgeport
  • University of New Haven
  • Post University
  • Southern Connecticut State University

The District of Columbia, while not technically a state, is home to one Division II college:

  • University of the District of Columbia

Delaware has two Division II Schools:

  • Goldey-Beacom College
  • Wilmington University (Delaware)

Florida has 13 Division II colleges:

  • Barry University
  • Eckerd College
  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (Florida)
  • Flagler College
  • Florida Institute of Technology
  • Florida Southern College
  • Lynn University
  • Nova Southeastern University
  • Palm Beach Atlantic University
  • Rollins College
  • Saint Leo University
  • University of Tampa
  • University of West Florida

Georgia has 17 Division II colleges:

  • Albany State University (Georgia)
  • Augusta University
  • Clark Atlanta University
  • Clayton State University
  • Columbus State University
  • Emmanuel College (Georgia)
  • Fort Valley State University
  • Georgia College
  • Georgia Southwestern State University
  • Morehouse College
  • University of North Georgia
  • Paine College
  • Savannah State University
  • Shorter University
  • Valdosta State University
  • University of West Georgia
  • Young Harris College

Hawaii has three Division II colleges:

  • Chaminade University
  • University of Hawaii at Hilo
  • Hawaii Pacific University

Iowa has one Division II colleges:

  • Upper Iowa University

Idaho has one Division II college:

  • Northwest Nazarene University

Illinois has five Division II colleges:

  • Benedictine University (Illinois)
  • University of Illinois at Springfield
  • Lewis University
  • McKendree University
  • Quincy University

Indiana has three Division II colleges:

  • University of Indianapolis
  • Purdue University Northwest
  • University of Southern Indiana

Kansas has five Division II colleges:

  • Emporia State University
  • Fort Hays State University
  • Newman University
  • Pittsburg State University
  • Washburn University of Topeka

Kentucky has three Division II colleges:

  • Bellarmine University
  • Kentucky State University
  • Kentucky Wesleyan College

Massachusetts has five Division II colleges:

  • American International College
  • Assumption College
  • Bentley University
  • Merrimack College
  • Stonehill College

Maryland has one Division II college:

  • Bowie State University

Michigan has 10 Division II colleges:

  • Davenport University
  • Ferris State University
  • Grand Valley State University
  • Hillsdale College
  • Lake Superior State University
  • Michigan Technological University
  • Northern Michigan University
  • Northwood University
  • Saginaw Valley State University
  • Wayne State University (Michigan)

Minnesota has nine Division II colleges:

  • Winona State University
  • St. Cloud State University
  • Southwest Minnesota State University
  • University of Minnesota Duluth
  • University of Minnesota, Crookston
  • Minnesota State University Moorhead
  • Minnesota State University, Mankato
  • Concordia University, St. Paul
  • Bemidji State University

Missouri has 14 Division II colleges:

  • University of Central Missouri
  • Drury University
  • Lincoln University (Missouri)
  • Lindenwood University
  • Maryville University of Saint Louis
  • Missouri University of Science and Technology
  • Missouri Southern State University
  • Missouri Western State University
  • University of Missouri-St. Louis
  • Northwest Missouri State University
  • Rockhurst University
  • Southwest Baptist University
  • Truman State University
  • William Jewell College

Mississippi has two Division II colleges:

  • Delta State University
  • Mississippi College

Montana has one Division II college:

  • Montana State University Billings

North Carolina has 20 Division II colleges:

  • Barton College
  • Belmont Abbey College
  • Brevard College
  • Catawba College
  • Chowan University
  • Elizabeth City State University
  • Fayetteville State University
  • Johnson C. Smith University
  • Lees-McRae College
  • Lenoir-Rhyne University
  • Livingstone College
  • Mars Hill University
  • University of Mount Olive
  • University of North Carolina at Pembroke
  • Pfeiffer University
  • Queens University of Charlotte
  • Shaw University
  • Saint Augustine's University
  • Wingate University
  • Winston-Salem State University

North Dakota has two Division II colleges:

  • University of Mary
  • Minot State University

Nebraska has three Division II colleges:

  • Chadron State College
  • University of Nebraska at Kearney
  • Wayne State College (Nebraska)

New Hampshire has three Division II colleges:

  • Franklin Pierce University
  • Southern New Hampshire University
  • Saint Anselm College

New Jersey has four Division II colleges:

  • Bloomfield College
  • Caldwell University
  • Felician University
  • Georgian Court University

New Mexico has three Division II colleges:

  • Eastern New Mexico University
  • New Mexico Highlands University
  • Western New Mexico University

New York has 15 Division II colleges:

  • Adelphi University
  • Concordia College (New York)
  • Daemen College
  • Dominican College (New York)
  • Le Moyne College
  • Long Island University/LIU Post
  • Mercy College
  • Molloy College
  • New York Institute of Technology
  • Nyack College
  • Pace University
  • Queens College (New York)
  • Roberts Wesleyan College
  • The College of Saint Rose
  • St. Thomas Aquinas College

Ohio has 12 Division II colleges:

  • Ashland University
  • Cedarville University
  • Central State University
  • University of Findlay
  • Lake Erie College
  • Malone University
  • Notre Dame College (Ohio)
  • Ohio Dominican University
  • Tiffin University
  • Urbana University
  • Ursuline College
  • Walsh University

Oklahoma has 11 Division II colleges:

  • Cameron University
  • University of Central Oklahoma
  • East Central University
  • Northeastern State University
  • Northwestern Oklahoma State University
  • Oklahoma Baptist University
  • Oklahoma Christian University
  • Rogers State University
  • Southeastern Oklahoma State University
  • Southern Nazarene University
  • Southwestern Oklahoma State University

Oregon has two Division II colleges:

  • Concordia University Portland
  • Western Oregon University

Pennsylvania has 22 Division II colleges:

  • Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania
  • California University of Pennsylvania
  • Chestnut Hill College
  • Clarion University of Pennsylvania
  • East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania
  • Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
  • Gannon University
  • Holy Family University
  • Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
  • The Lincoln University (Pennsylvania)
  • Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania
  • Mansfield University of Pennsylvania
  • Mercyhurst University
  • Millersville University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Pittsburgh, Johnstown
  • University of the Sciences
  • Seton Hill University
  • Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania
  • Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania
  • Thomas Jefferson University
  • West Chester University of Pennsylvania

South Carolina has 13 Division II schools:

  • Anderson University (South Carolina)
  • Benedict College
  • Claflin University
  • Coker College
  • Converse College
  • Erskine College
  • Francis Marion University
  • Lander University
  • Limestone College
  • Newberry College
  • North Greenville University
  • University of South Carolina Aiken
  • Southern Wesleyan University

South Dakota has five Division II colleges:

  • Augustana University (South Dakota)
  • Black Hills State University
  • Northern State University
  • University of Sioux Falls
  • South Dakota School of Mines & Technology

Tennessee has 10 Division II colleges:

  • Carson-Newman University
  • Christian Brothers University
  • King University
  • Lane College
  • Lee University
  • LeMoyne-Owen College
  • Lincoln Memorial University
  • Trevecca Nazarene University
  • Tusculum University
  • Union University

Texas has 14 Division II colleges:

  • Angelo State University
  • Dallas Baptist University
  • Lubbock Christian University
  • Midwestern State University
  • St. Edward's University
  • St. Mary's University (Texas)
  • Tarleton State University
  • Texas A&M International University
  • Texas A&M University-Commerce
  • Texas A&M University-Kingsville
  • University of Texas of the Permian Basin
  • Texas Woman's University
  • The University of Texas at Tyler
  • West Texas A&M University

Utah has two Division II colleges:

  • Dixie State University
  • Westminster College (Utah)

Virginia has three Division II colleges:

  • Virginia Union University
  • Virginia State University
  • Saint Michael's College

Vermont has one Division II college:

  • Saint Michael's College

Washington has four Division II colleges:

  • Central Washington University
  • Seattle Pacific University
  • Saint Martin's University
  • Western Washington University

Wisconsin has one Division II college:

  • University of Wisconsin-Parkside

West Virginia has 12 Division II colleges:

  • Alderson Broaddus University
  • University of Charleston (West Virginia)
  • Concord University
  • Davis & Elkins College
  • Fairmont State University
  • Glenville State College
  • Ohio Valley University
  • Shepherd University
  • West Liberty University
  • West Virginia State University
  • West Virginia Wesleyan College
  • Wheeling Jesuit University

3 Division II Football Colleges

25 of the NCAA Division II schools have Division II football teams. Division II football colleges include:

  • Adams State University
  • Albany State University (Georgia)
  • Alderson Broaddus University
  • American International College
  • Angelo State University
  • Arkansas Tech University
  • Ashland University
  • Assumption College
  • Augustana University (South Dakota)
  • Azusa Pacific University
  • Bemidji State University
  • Benedict College
  • Bentley University
  • Black Hills State University
  • Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania
  • Bowie State University
  • Brevard College
  • California University of Pennsylvania
  • Carson-Newman University
  • Catawba College
  • Central State University
  • Central Washington University
  • Chadron State College
  • Chowan University
  • Clarion University of Pennsylvania

4 Do Division II Schools Offer Full Athletic Scholarships?

Occasionally Division II schools offer full athletic scholarships, but generally speaking, scholarships at Division II schools tend to be equivalency scholarships. This means that the school will fund education on a partial athletic scholarship, but the student is expected to finance the remaining costs of his or her education. Division II schools are generally smaller universities that have fewer than 10,000 students and thus a smaller endowment, making it more difficult for the school to grant a full scholarship to all athletes.

5 What Is the Difference Between NAIA Division I and II?

NAIA, the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics works with the NCAA to oversee it and has three divisions, but the only divisions between which there is a Division I and Division II split is in basketball. This division is used to designate the amount of financial aid packages that universities can provide to students.

In Division I, NAIA allows the school to offer up to 11 scholarships, either full grants or partial grants, and divide those as they see fit. Division II schools under NAIA have six scholarship grants to disseminate. Typically Division II schools offer partial grants because they have fewer overall to distribute, but occasionally a Division II school will give a full grant scholarship to a particularly talented student.

Ashley Friedman is a freelance writer with experience writing about education for a variety of organizations and educational institutions as well as online media sites.