Originally founded in 1905 by 62 member schools, the National Collegiate Athletic Association split into three legislative divisions (I, II, and III) in 1973. While student-athletes at Division II colleges and universities rarely get the headlines and attention of their Division I counterparts, they still participation in a high level of athletic competition while pursuing their academic degrees. Many Pennsylvania Division II colleges field teams in a wide range of men’s and women’s sports.
West Chester University of Pennsylvania
West Chester University (WCU) of Pennsylvania is a public university about 30 miles west of Philadelphia. The University began in 1871 as an institute for teacher training, and while over 80 undergraduate programs are offered, education remains the most popular. With over 24 men’s and women’s teams, the university has the largest varsity athletics program in NCAA Division II. The WCU Golden Rams compete in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference. There are both men’s and women’s teams for basketball, cross-country, golf, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis, and track and field. Men also compete in baseball and football; women in cheerleading, gymnastics, lacrosse, rugby, softball and volleyball. WCU also has a Division I women’s field hockey team.
West Chester University of Pennsylvania Messikomer Hall 100 West Rosedale Avenue West Chester, PA 19383 610-436-1000 www.wcupa.edu www.wcupagoldenrams.com
Cheyney University of Pennsylvania
Founded in 1837, Cheyney University of Pennsylvania is the oldest historically black higher learning institution in the United States. There are over 30 baccaularate degree programs at Cheyney, as well as a master’s program in education. The university’s mascot is the wolves, and both men’s and women’s teams compete in NCAA Division II basketball, cross-country, indoor track and outdoor track. Cheyney also has a Division II men’s football team, and women’s Division II teams for bowling, tennis and volleyball. The university’s two main sporting venues are 5,000-seat O’Shields Stevenson Stadium and 1,500 seat Cope Hall gymnasium, also known as “The Den.”
Cheyney University of Pennsylvania 1837 University Circle/PO Box 200 Cheyney, PA 19319-0019 610-243-9639 www.cheyney.edu http://www.cheyneywolves.com/index.asp
Millersville University of Pennsylvania
About 1 hour from Philadelphia and Baltimore, Millersville University of Pennsylvania is a public university that was founded as a teacher’s college in 1855 that now offers a wide range of undergraduate and master’s programs. US News & World Report ranked Millersville as one of the top 10 public universities in the North region. Nicknamed the Marauders, Millersville University has men’s and women’s Division II teams for basketball, cross-country, soccer, tennis, indoor track and outdoor track. Millersville also has men’s Division II teams for baseball and golf, as well as a Division I men’s wrestling squad. Millersville women also compete in Division II field hockey, lacrosse, softball, swimming and volleyball.
Millersville University of Pennsylvania PO Box 1002 Millersville, PA 17551-0302 717-872-3011 www.millersville.edu http://www.millersvilleathletics.com/
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