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Map of NCAADivisionII Institutions, including all announced future changes. (Universities without men's basketball are not shown.)
There are currently 308 American, Canadian, and Puerto Rican colleges and universities classified as DivisionII for NCAA competition. During the 2020–21 academic year, five schools are in the process of reclassifying to DivisionII. Forty-four of the 50 U.S. states, plus the District of Columbia, the commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and the Canadian province of British Columbia are represented. Arizona, Louisiana, Maine, Nevada, Rhode Island, and Wyoming do not currently have D-II institutions.
The reclassification process from one NCAAdivision to another requires four years, except for moves to DivisionII. Moves from Division III to DivisionII require three years, and moves from Division I to DivisionII require two years.
This school is actively pursuing DivisionII membership. Schools wishing to move within the NCAA to DivisionII must apply no later than February 1 of a given year, with the NCAA making its decision that July.
The NCAA does not conduct separate DivisionII championships in the following sports:
Men: Gymnastics, ice hockey, volleyball, water polo (note, however, that no DivisionII member currently sponsors men's gymnastics)
Women: Bowling, gymnastics, ice hockey, water polo
Coeducational: Fencing, rifle, skiing
Some schools have opted to compete in a sport at a higher level and are allowed to do so by the NCAA under certain circumstances. First, when the NCAA placed severe restrictions on the fielding of Division I teams by DivisionII institutions in 2011, it grandfathered in all then-current D-I teams at D-II schools. Apart from this, DivisionII members are allowed to compete for Division I championships in sports in which a DivisionII national championship is not contested.
In some sports, the NCAA only sponsors championships open to all member schools regardless of division, with examples including beach volleyball, fencing, rifle, and water polo. In men's and women's ice hockey and men's volleyball, the NCAA holds Division III championships, but does not hold a separate D-II championship. The NCAA officially classifies all championship events that are open to schools from more than one division as "National Collegiate", except in men's ice hockey, in which the top-level championship is styled as a Division I championship (presumably due to the past existence of a DivisionII championship in that sport). DivisionII members are allowed to compete for National Collegiate championships as well as the Division I men's ice hockey championship; in all such sports, they are allowed to operate under the same rules and scholarship restrictions that apply to full Division I members in that sport.
The Northeast-10 sponsors men's ice hockey for its members who choose to remain in D-II, including a postseason tournament. The conference formerly sponsored a women's ice hockey postseason tournament for those teams remaining in D-II but competing as independents during the regular season, but that tournament has been superseded by the New England Women's Hockey Alliance (NEWHA), which began play in 2017 as a scheduling agreement between all of the existing women's National Collegiate independents (including full D-I member Sacred Heart), organized as a full conference in 2018, and received official NCAA recognition in 2019. Because the NE-10 is the sole DivisionII hockey league, its postseason champion cannot compete for the NCAA national hockey championship. The Post University men's team competes as D-II and has a scheduling alliance with the NE-10 schools, while its women's team is a member of the NEWHA.
Future conference affiliations indicated in this list will take effect on July 1 of the stated year. In the case of spring sports, the first year of competition will take place in the calendar year after the conference move becomes official.
The following is a list of DivisionII institutions currently on probation by the NCAA in one or more sports. Probation decisions are made by the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Committee on Infractions.