List of NCAA Division I softball programs
The following is a list of schools that participate in NCAA Division I softball, according to NCAA.com. These teams compete to go to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and ASA Hall of Fame Stadium for the Women's College World Series. (For schools whose athletic branding does not directly correspond with the school name, the athletic branding is in parentheses.)
Conference affiliations reflect those in the upcoming 2020 season.
- Both Division I tournaments in 1982—AIAW and NCAA—were named "Women's College World Series".
- The only national titles not listed here are those won by Texas Woman's University in 1979 and John F. Kennedy College in 1969–1971. TWU now competes at the Division II level. JFK College is defunct.
- UConn will move to the Big East Conference in July 2020.
- After the 2018–19 school year, Long Island University merged the Division I athletic program of its Brooklyn campus with the Division II athletic program of its Post campus, creating a single Division I program that now competes as the LIU Sharks.
- LIU bases its unified softball program at the Brooklyn campus.
- The unified LIU athletic program inherited the Northeast Conference membership of the Brooklyn campus.
- The 1995 title by UCLA and any related records have been vacated by the NCAA due to scholarship violations. Criticism also centered on UCLA player Tanya Harding who was recruited from Queensland, Australia midway through the 1995 season. After UCLA captured the NCAA National Championship, Harding, the MVP of the tournament, returned to her homeland without taking final exams or earning a single college credit. Despite not violating any formal rules in recruiting Harding, the incident generated heated criticism that some foreign athletes were little more than hired guns.
- Purdue Fort Wayne will move to the Horizon League in July 2020.
- CSU Bakersfield will move to the Big West Conference in July 2020.
- Kansas City will move to the Summit League in July 2020.
- "NCAA Division I Softball Rankings – NCAA.com". NCAA. Retrieved May 8, 2013.
- Plummer, William; Floyd, Larry C. (2013). A Series Of Their Own: History Of The Women's College World Series. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States: Turnkey Communications Inc. ISBN 978-0-9893007-0-4.
- "One LIU: Frequently Asked Questions". Long Island University. Retrieved October 11, 2018.
- "Welcome to the Shark Tank: Long Island University Chooses the Shark as New Mascot" (Press release). Long Island University. May 15, 2019. Retrieved May 16, 2019.
- Starr, Mark (June 12, 1995). "No Credit For UCLA". Newsweek. p. 58.
- Montville, Leigh (June 12, 1995). "Ringer From Down Under". Sports Illustrated.
- "Northwestern State University Softball 2015 Quick Facts" (pdf). Northwestern State University. Retrieved January 20, 2015.