New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) was the only institution listed as a Division I Independent in baseball. In the Fall of 2016, NYIT informed the NCAA of its desire to move the baseball program to Division II with the rest of the school's athletic teams and to be immediately eligible to compete in that division, rather than transitioning back over a period of years.. This was approved by the NCAA in August of 2017.
There are no independent programs in NCAA Division I basketball as of the 2016-17 season. The last Division I basketball season to feature an independent program was the 2014-15 season, in which the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) competed as such. The Highlanders were forced into independent status in 2013 with the collapse of their former home of the Great West Conference. NJIT joined the Atlantic Sun Conference (ASUN) in 2015, thus all NCAA Division I basketball teams are part of a conference.
There are currently four NCAA Division I FBS independent schools.
|Institution||Founded||Nickname||First season||Location||Type||Enrollment||Primary conference|
|United States Military Academy
|1802||Black Knights||1890||West Point, New York||Federal||4,294||Patriot League|
|Brigham Young University||1875||Cougars||1922||Provo, Utah||Private||29,672||West Coast Conference|
|University of Massachusetts Amherst||1863||Minutemen||1879||Amherst, Massachusetts||Public||29,269||Atlantic 10|
|University of Notre Dame||1842||Fighting Irish||1887||Notre Dame, Indiana||Private||12,179||Atlantic Coast Conference
There are no FCS independent schools in the 2017 season. Coastal Carolina, which joined the FBS Sun Belt Conference in 2016 and began a two-year transition to the Football Bowl Subdivision at that time, joined Sun Belt football in 2017. It will be counted as an FBS member for scheduling purposes in 2017, with full FBS membership and bowl eligibility following in 2018.
The next team to play as an FCS independent will be North Alabama, which will play as such in 2018 while its other sports move from Division II to the non-football ASUN. The football team will join the Big South Conference in 2019 under the terms of an alliance between the ASUN and Big South that provides any full member of either conference that sponsors scholarship football with a guaranteed football home in the Big South.
There is currently one NCAA Division I independent in men's ice hockey. The Sun Devils moved up from club hockey in the ACHA to full varsity status. Arizona State will start playing a full Division I schedule in 2016-17, and expects to be in a hockey conference for 2017-18.
|Arizona State University||Sun Devils||Tempe, Arizona||1885||Public||50,246||2015-present||Pac-12 Conference|
There are currently six NCAA Division I independent teams in women's ice hockey.
The Franklin Pierce Ravens moved up from Division III (were they were a member of the Independent Conference) in 2017. Its men's team plays in Division III and are a member of the Northeast Conference.
The Saint Michael's Purple Knights moved up from Division III (were they were a member of the Independent Conference) in 2017. Its men's team plays in Division III and are a member of the Northeast Conference.
|Sacred Heart University||Pioneers||Fairfield, Connecticut||1963||Private||8,532||2003-present||Independent Conference|
|Post University||Eagles||Waterbury, Connecticut||1890||Private||7,059||2017-present||Independent Conference|
|Franklin Pierce University||Ravens||Rindge, New Hampshire||1962||Private||2,381||2017-present||Independent Conference|
|College of the Holy Cross||Crusaders||Worcester, Massachusetts||1843||Private||2,912||2017-present||Independent Conference|
|Saint Anselm College||Hawks||Manchester, New Hampshire||1889||Private||1,968||2017-present||Independent Conference|
|Saint Michael's College||Purple Knights||Colchester, Vermont||1904||Private||2,316||2017-present||Independent Conference|
There are no men's soccer independents as of the 2017 season.
The last NCAA men's soccer season which included independent schools was the 2013 season, in which five schools played as independents. All of these schools left the independent ranks after that season. Two of these are now in the Sun Belt Conference, which reinstated men's soccer as a sponsored sport in 2014; a third played in the Sun Belt for two years until joining Atlantic Sun Conference (ASUN) men's soccer in 2016. At the time the Sun Belt relaunched its men's soccer league, Georgia State University was already a full Sun Belt member, while Howard University and the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) became Sun Belt affiliates. Howard remains in Sun Belt men's soccer to this day; NJIT joined the ASUN as a full member in 2015, but remained in Sun Belt soccer for the 2015 season to honor its two-year contractual commitment to that league. Belmont University became an affiliate of the Horizon League, and the University of the Incarnate Word became an affiliate of the Western Athletic Conference.
Three schools are independents in women's soccer. The most recent departure from the independent ranks was Kansas State University, which played as an independent in its first season of women's soccer in 2016, and begins play in its all-sports home of the Big 12 Conference in 2017.
|Delaware State University||Hornets||Dover, Delaware||1891||Public||3,400||Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference|
|Hampton University||Lady Pirates||Hampton, Virginia||1868||Private||4,500||Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference|
|South Carolina State University||Lady Bulldogs||Orangeburg, South Carolina||1896||Public||3,000||Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference|
"This is an important year for our program as we start our transition to the FBS," said fifth-year head coach Joe Moglia. "However, we are still an FCS independent this year and have put together a nationally-competitive schedule to reflect that.