Beach volleyball, currently a women-only sport at the NCAA level, holds a single national championship open to members of all three NCAA divisions. As of the 2020 season (2019-20 school year), ultimately canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, the following programs compete as independents. A total of 11 schools that were independents in the 2019 season exited that status after that season. All are full members of conferences that began sponsoring beach volleyball in 2019-20, with five being members of the Ohio Valley Conference and six being members of the Southland Conference.
|Boise State University||Broncos||Boise, Idaho||1932||Public||25,540||Mountain West Conference|
|California State University, Los Angeles
(Cal State Los Angeles)
|Golden Eagles||Los Angeles, California||1947||Public||27,685||California Collegiate Athletic Association (Division II)|
|Carson-Newman University||Eagles||Johnson City, Tennessee||1851||Private||2,115||South Atlantic Conference (Division II)|
|Colorado Mesa University||Mavericks||Grand Junction, Colorado||1925||Public||11,000||Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (Division II)|
|Concordia University Irvine
|Golden Eagles||Irvine, California||1976||Private||2,564||Pacific West Conference (Division II)|
|Eckerd College||Tritons||St. Petersburg, Florida||1958||Private||1,650||Sunshine State Conference (Division II)|
|Florida Southern College||Moccasins||Lakeland, Florida||1883||Private||2,185||Sunshine State Conference (Division II)|
|Grand Canyon University||Antelopes||Phoenix, Arizona||1949||Private||19,500||Western Athletic Conference|
|Huntingdon College||Hawks||Montgomery, Alabama||1854||Private||900||USA South Athletic Conference (Division III)|
|Lincoln Memorial University||Railsplitters||Harrogate, Tennessee||1897||Private||2,579||South Atlantic Conference (Division II)|
|University of Louisiana at Monroe
(Louisiana-Monroe or ULM)
|Warhawks||Monroe, Louisiana||1931||Public||9,181||Sun Belt Conference|
|Mississippi State University||Bulldogs||Mississippi State, Mississippi||1878||Public||21,884||Southeastern Conference|
|Missouri State University||Lady Bears||Springfield, Missouri||1905||Public||26,000||Missouri Valley Conference|
|University of Nebraska-Lincoln
|Cornhuskers||Lincoln, Nebraska||1869||Public||33,273||Big Ten Conference|
|Principia College||Panthers||Elsah, Illinois||1912||Private||600||St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (Division III)|
|Saint Leo University||Lions||St. Leo, Florida||1889||Private||2,235||Sunshine State Conference (Division II)|
|San Jose State University||Spartans||San Jose, California||1857||Public||33,409||Mountain West Conference|
|Spring Hill College||Badgers||Mobile, Alabama||1830||Private||1,439||Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (Division II)|
|Stevenson University||Mustangs||Stevenson, Maryland||1947||Private||3,621||MAC Commonwealth (Division III)|
|University of Tampa||Spartans||Tampa, Florida||1931||Private||7,600||Sunshine State Conference (Division II)|
|Tarleton State University||Texans||Stephenville, Texas||1899||Public||13,020||Lone Star Conference (Division II)|
(Western Athletic Conference in July 2020)
|Texas A&M University-Kingsville||Javelinas||Kingsville, Texas||1925||Public||8,783||Lone Star Conference (Division II)|
|Tusculum University||Pioneers||Tusculum, Tennessee||1794||Private||2,053||South Atlantic Conference (Division II)|
Bowling, like beach volleyball, is currently a women-only sport at the NCAA level that holds a single national championship open to all NCAA members. As of the 2019-20 season, at least eight bowling programs compete as independents. This list is likely incomplete, as Division III independents have not yet been analyzed.
|Belmont Abbey College||Crusaders||Belmont, North Carolina||1876||Private||1,320||Conference Carolinas (Division II)|
|Chestnut Hill College||Griffins||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania||1924||Private||2,301||Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (Division II)|
|Kentucky Wesleyan College||Panthers||Owensboro, Kentucky||1858||Private||785||Great Midwest Athletic Conference (Division II)|
|University of Nebraska-Lincoln (Nebraska)||Cornhuskers||Lincoln, Nebraska||1869||Public||25,260||Big Ten Conference (Division I)|
|Post University||Eagles||Waterbury, Connecticut||1890||Private||7,317||Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (Division II)|
|Ursuline College||Arrows||Pepper Pike, Ohio||1871||Private||1,136||Great Midwest Athletic Conference (Division II)|
|Walsh University||Cavaliers||North Canton, Ohio||1960||Private||2,766||Great Midwest Athletic Conference (Division II)|
|Wilmington University||Eagles||New Castle, Delaware||1968||Private||20,522||Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (Division II)|
As of the upcoming 2020 college football season, there will be seven 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 (BYU)||1875||Cougars||1922||Provo, Utah||Private||29,672||West Coast Conference|
|Liberty University||1971||Flames||1973||Lynchburg, Virginia||Private||15,000[a]||ASUN Conference|
|New Mexico State University||1888||Aggies||1893||Las Cruces, New Mexico||Public||18,497||Western Athletic Conference|
|University of Notre Dame||1842||Fighting Irish||1887||Notre Dame, Indiana||Private||12,179||Atlantic Coast Conference|
|University of Connecticut (UConn)||1881||Huskies||1896||Storrs, Connecticut||Public||32,257||Big East|
(American through June 30, 2020)
|University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass)||1863||Minutemen||1879||Amherst, Massachusetts||Public||29,269||Atlantic 10|
In the 2020 season, three schools will play as FCS independents--Dixie State, Presbyterian, and Tarleton State. Dixie State announced in January 2019 that it would begin a transition from Division II to the non-football Western Athletic Conference in July 2020, with the football program becoming an FCS independent at that time. Presbyterian announced in 2017 that it had started a transition to non-scholarship FCS football. The Blue Hose played their final season of Big South Conference football in 2019, and will play the 2020 season as an independent before joining the Pioneer Football League, a football-only conference made up entirely of non-scholarship FCS programs, in 2021. Presbyterian will remain a full non-football Big South member. Tarleton State announced in 2019 that it would join the WAC alongside Dixie State and also play football as an FCS independent.
The only school that had played as an FCS independent in 2019, North Dakota, joins the Missouri Valley Football Conference in 2020. North Dakota left the Big Sky Conference in 2018 to join the non-football Summit League, but agreed to honor existing contracts to play Big Sky members in football, and thus played a full Big Sky football schedule as an FCS independent in 2018 and 2019. While North Dakota was not listed in conference standings, their games against Big Sky football members counted fully in conference standings.
|Institution||Founded||Nickname||First season||Location||Type||Enrollment||Primary conference|
|Dixie State University||1883||Trailblazers||2006||St. George, Utah||Public||11,193||Western Athletic Conference|
(Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference through June 30, 2020)
|Presbyterian College||1880||Blue Hose||1913||Clinton, South Carolina||Private||1,280||Big South Conference|
|Tarleton State University||1883||Texans||1904||Stephenville, Texas||Public||13,226||Western Athletic Conference|
(Lone Star Conference through June 30, 2020)
|Francis Marion University||Patriots||Florence, South Carolina||1970||Public||4,200||Peach Belt Conference (Division II)|
|Augusta University||Jaguars||Augusta, Georgia||1828||Public||9,000||Peach Belt Conference (Division II)|
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 began playing a full Division I schedule in 2016-17, and expected to be in a hockey conference for 2017-18, but no conference move has yet materialized.
|Arizona State University||Sun Devils||Tempe, Arizona||1885||Public||50,246||2015-present||Pac-12 Conference|
No women's ice hockey teams played as independents at the National Collegiate level, the de facto equivalent to Division I in that sport, in the 2019-20 season.
Five schools--Franklin Pierce, Post, Sacred Heart, Saint Anselm, and Saint Michael's--competed as independents in the 2018-19 season, all participating in the nascent New England Women's Hockey Alliance (NEWHA), which had originally been established in 2017 as a scheduling alliance among all of the then-current National Collegiate independents. The NEWHA initially included six schools, but Holy Cross left after the inaugural 2017-18 NEWHA season to join Hockey East. The NEWHA officially organized as a conference in advance of the 2018-19 season, but was not officially recognized by the NCAA as a Division I league until the 2019-20 season, by which time the newly launched LIU program had joined to return the conference membership to six.
There are no men's soccer independents as of the 2018 season.
Two schools were independents in the most recently completed 2019 women's soccer season. The most recent departure from the independent ranks was Hampton University, which joined the Big South Conference, which sponsors women's soccer, in 2018.
|Delaware State University||Hornets||Dover, Delaware||1891||Public||3,400||Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference|
|South Carolina State University||Lady Bulldogs||Orangeburg, South Carolina||1896||Public||3,000||Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference|
Men's volleyball has a truncated divisional structure in which members of both Division I and Division II compete under identical scholarship limits for a single national championship. In the 2020 season, which was not completed due to the coronavirus pandemic, 11 men's volleyball programs, all but one of which are Division II members, competed as independents.
|Alderson Broaddus University||Battlers||Philippi, West Virginia||1871||Private||1,052||Great Midwest Athletic Conference|
|Coker University||Cobras||Hartsville, South Carolina||1908||Private||1,000||South Atlantic Conference|
|Daemen College||Wildcats||Amherst, New York||1947||Private||3,005||East Coast Conference|
|Lincoln Memorial University||Railsplitters||Harrogate, Tennessee||1897||Private||2,579||South Atlantic Conference|
|University of Puerto Rico at Bayamón||Cowboys||Bayamón, Puerto Rico||1971||Public||5,014||Independent[a]|
|University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez||Tarzans||Mayagüez, Puerto Rico||1911||Public||13,146||Independent[a]|
|University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus||Gallitos||San Juan, Puerto Rico||1903||Public||18,653||Independent[a]|
|Queens University of Charlotte||Royals||Charlotte, North Carolina||1857||Private||2,100||South Atlantic Conference|
|St. Francis College
(St. Francis Brooklyn)
|Terriers||Brooklyn, New York||1858||Private||2,834||Northeast Conference (Division I)|
|Tusculum University||Pioneers||Tusculum, Tennessee||1794||Private||2,053||South Atlantic Conference|
|Urbana University||Blue Knights||Urbana, Ohio||1850||Private||1,505||Mountain East Conference|
There are no wrestling independents as of the 2018 season.