The smallest Division I Football schools, according to Athnet scholarship recruiters, have a student population of 5,000 or less. There are now 23 universities and colleges that meet this condition, spread throughout 49 of the 50 states, among the 347 Division I schools with over 6,000 athletic teams. Every year, more than 170,000 student-athletes participate in NCAA Division I athletics.
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In alphabetical order, the smallest schools and their locations are:
Mississippi’s Alcorn State University
Florida’s Bethune-Cookman University
Pennsylvania’s Bucknell University
Indiana’s Butler University
South Carolina’s Charleston Southern University
New York’s Colgate University
Massachusetts’ College of the Holy Cross
North Carolina’s Davidson College
Delaware State University is located in Delaware.
South Carolina’s Furman University
Florida’s Jacksonville University
Pennsylvania’s Lafayette College
Mississippi Valley State University is a public university in Mississippi.
Pennsylvania’s Saint Francis University
Georgia’s Savannah State University
Colorado’s United States Air Force Academy
New York’s United States Military Academy
Pine Bluff, Arkansas: University of Arkansas
Oklahoma’s University of Tulsa
Indiana’s Valparaiso University
Virginia Military Institute (Virginia Military Institute)
New York’s Wagner College
South Carolina’s Wofford College
Butler University, the United States Air Force Academy, and others have competitive football teams, despite being small and unknown. Students interested in playing football at a minor DI school should look into these options, as well as NCAA scholarship opportunities and other recruiting options.