Which Division I football schools are the smallest?

The smallest Division I Football schools are those with student counts of 5,000 or less, according to Athnet scholarship recruiters. There are now 23 universities and colleges that meet this requirement, located in 49 of the 50 states, out of the 347 Division I schools with over 6,000 athletic teams. Over 170,000 student-athletes receive sporting chances each year from NCAA Division I institutions.

In alphabetical order, the smallest schools are located where:

Mississippi’s Alcorn State University

Florida’s Bethune-Cookman University

University of Bucknell in Pennsylvania

Indiana’s Butler University

South Carolina’s Charleston Southern University

New York’s Colgate University

Massachusetts’ Holy Cross College

College of Davidson, North Carolina

University of Delaware State, Delaware

University of Furman in South Carolina

Florida’s Jacksonville University

College Lafayette in Pennsylvania

the Mississippi Valley State University

Pennsylvania’s Saint Francis University

Georgia’s Savannah State University

Colorado’s U.S. Air Force Academy

American Military University, New York

Pine Bluff, Arkansas’s University of Arkansas

Oklahoma University in Tulsa

Indiana’s Valparaiso University

The Virginia Military Institute

NYC’s Wagner College

College Wofford in South Carolina

Schools like Butler University, the U.S. Air Force Academy, and others have competitive football teams despite being small and frequently unknown. Consider these alternatives if you’re a student hoping to play football at a tiny DI school, and be sure to look into scholarship chances through the NCAA or other recruiting avenues.


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